Reaching back through the history of the Vatican, there are some very dark moments. Setting aside the abuse scandals you’ve definitely heard about already, there are plenty of other gross things the Vatican would rather you not know. Here are a few dark secrets of the Vatican revealed.
When looking at the secrets held within Vatican City, perhaps the most logical place to start is the Vatican Secret Archives. The name itself evokes mystery, and many theories have naturally popped up about what might be held among the 53 miles of shelves and 12 centuries’ worth of documents only available to a select few. It doesn’t take a lot of effort to find people claiming the Archives contain evidence of extraterrestrial life, proof Jesus never actually existed, or the true secret name of God, which has been handed down from pope to pope since 463 AD.
But the Archives aren’t really secret in the sense of being hidden from people. The word “secret” in this case means something closer to “private,” because officially they house paperwork and correspondence relating to the pope. That said, the Archives are not fully public: they’re only open to scholars who have passed a strict vetting process, and journalists were not allowed to see the contents of the Archives until 2010. Plus, documents within the Archive only become available for viewing even to this limited audience after 75 years. The Vatican claims this is because of the amount of time it takes to process the massive quantities of documents coming into the Archive. That said, this also means most documents relating to the church’s numerous abuse scandals are still restricted from view – for now, at least.
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