Huffington Post story points to new allegations of financial corruption at Vatican City:

The Vatican was shaken by a corruption scandal Thursday after an Italian television investigation said a former top official had been transferred against his will after complaining about irregularities in awarding contracts.

The show “The Untouchables” on the respected private television network La 7 Wednesday night showed what it said were several letters that Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, who was then deputy-governor of Vatican City, sent to superiors, including Pope Benedict, in 2011 about the corruption.

The Vatican issued a statement Thursday criticizing the “methods” used in the journalistic investigation. But it confirmed that the letters were authentic by expressing “sadness over the publication of reserved documents.”

As deputy governor of the Vatican City for two years from 2009 to 2011, Vigano was the number two official in a department responsible for maintaining the tiny city-state’s gardens, buildings, streets, museums and other infrastructure.

Vigano, currently the Vatican’s ambassador in Washington, said in the letters that when he took the job in 2009 he discovered a web of corruption, nepotism and cronyism linked to the awarding of contracts to outside companies at inflated prices.

Corruption Scandal Rocks Vatican, Whistle Blower Archbishop Vigano Was Transferred Against His Will

And what about any of this surprises you?

The corporate oligarchy and its corruption is bad enough. The Catholic Church has been doing what they do for over a thousand years. It is a totally corrupt money machine, run by criminals and pedophiles­. This is the church that gave us the inquisitio­n. This is the church that did its best to simply eradicate the written culture of pre-Columb­ian America. This is the church that has done everything in its power to shield its priests from responsibi­lity for generation­s of child sexual abuse.

It should be disbanded, its money distribute­d to the poor, and totally eradicated from the face of the earth, with salt strewn on the fields where is buildings were.

Of course I for one would very much like to see every last document stored in the bowels of the Vatican library be exposed to open scholarshi­p. History would be rewritten in a million ways as many truths emerged.