"What's coming out is a very detailed X-ray of the Roman Curia that does not spare even the closest collaborators of the pope," respected Vatican expert Ignazio Ingrao writes in Panorama. "The pope was no stranger to the intrigues, but he probably did not know that under his pontificate there was such a complex network and such intricate chains of personal interests and unmentionable relationships."
Sure, he didn't know. If he didn't know, he wouldn't be the first Pope in seven hundred years to quit and run for cover. In fact, let Green Eagle be the first to state the obvious: if he wasn't involved, he wouldn't be quitting.
As we have seen, the Catholic Church is damned good at hiding the truth, so we may never have a smoking gun to prove this. But, after what has happened in the last couple of decades, we'd be fools not to see what is right in front of our faces.