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The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Catholic Church Protects Its Image

Nov 9, 2015

The Vatican, the city-state controlled by the Catholic Church, has its own jail and it arrests people. And like any other state, the Vatican uses these powers to protect its secrets.

Last month, it arrested a high-ranking Church official and a public relations expert it had hired – because they allegedly leaked documents about the Vatican’s shady finances. This follows the 2012 arrest of the Pope’s butler, also for leaking documents.

Pope Francis poses as a friend of the poor. But after all the scandals of the recent years, he is really focused on protecting the Church’s image. And he’s not above using cops and jails to do it.