Pope Benedict XVI’s correspondence shows tales of betrayal and rivalries, allegations of corruption and systemic dysfunction.
Pope Benedict XVI arrives for his weekly general audience on Feb. 13 at the Vatican. It was his first public appearance since he announced his resignation, effective at the end of the month.Filippo Monteforte/Agence France-Presse via Getty Images
In the latter stage of his papacy, Pope Benedict XVI focused on regulating the Vatican’s shrouded finances, allowing outside auditors to view the church’s books. Two Vatican officials appeared to have different views of the pope’s attempted changes.