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Vatican scandal could fill a Dan Brown novel

In a week when we see more scandal emanating from the Vatican, I can't but muse that the treachery, intrigue and corruption would have any of Dan Brown's novels looking less believable.

Not only is the plot more captivating, it is also far more credible in depicting how human nature can debase itself - no matter how hallowed its surroundings.

What the butler saw - and appears to have now divulged - has shown us, yet again, just how power-driven, cynical and self-serving this Vatican is.

However, the speed and efficiency at which it responded to the leaks is at least commendable and no less breathtaking when we contrast it with the half-hearted responses given to the countless cases of child-abuse - the result, or lack of result, of which allowed abuse to be carried on long after it had been uncovered.

'Intrinsically disordered' appears to be a term the Vatican applies when trying to justify its homophobic intolerance.

That could be the most apt term to describe this ecclesiastical titan which appears to have forgotten who it was set up to serve.

ADRIENNE GARVEY

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