Allegations that a former top official at the Vatican, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano was transferred against his will to Washington after whistleblowing on corruption have been denied by the Holy See.
The story came to light after letters written by Vigano were published. In them, Vigano complained of a web of corruption, nepotism, and cronyism linked to the awarding of contracts to outside companies at inflated prices.
Vigano is said to have alerted his superiors including Pope Benedict.
Despite Vigano’s efforts in stopping the irregularities, suddenly and without warning Vigano claims he was told he was being removed from his post and was sent to the Vatican’s embassy in Washington last year.
An Italian newspaper alleges prior to his removal a press campaign had been launched against the archbishop.
The Vatican has expressed sadness at the leaking of the internal documents however has acknowledged them as authentic. But it claims Vigano’s transfer to the US was promotion.