1. The Pope’s Butler is allegedly the one who has been stealing documents from the pope’s desk and leaking confidential memos and other documents to the Italian Media. There have been various theories surrounding how the Italian media obtain their information regarding other scandals within the church. A leading theory was that a high ranked cardinal was stealing the documents, but Pope Benedict has denied that accusation and insists it is not a cardinal or bishop.
2. A high-profile scandal involving Monsignor William Lynn for child endangerment. He supposedly allowed priests who were suspected of being child molesters or who had the potential to abuse children work in positions where they had access to children. Many cases have broken out like this all over the world, the more notable one in Germany where then Cardinal Ratzinger (currently Pope Benedict XVI) led a large cover-up on the allegations of abuse in Catholic Schools and parishes.
3. A money laundering probe has caused the head of the Institute for the Works of Religion, the Vatican’s main bank, to be fired in a no-confidence vote by the board of directors. This has caused the reputation of the Vatican’s bank to take a major blow in relation to the international financial community.
4. The Leadership Conference of Women Religious was recently criticized in a Vatican report by Cardinal William Levada who heads the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican’s Doctrine Office. The LCWR has recently fought the allegations that they are not doing enough to speak against homosexuality, abortion, and women’s ordination. The group is accused of becoming radically feminist and politicized.
5. A recent book, Just Love, written by Sister Margaret Farley has also been criticized by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The book takes a different stance towards masturbation, homosexuality, gay marriage, abortion, and remarriage than what the Catholic Church officially teaches.