This is what the Secretary of State of the Holy See affirms in a letter addressed to the I Commission of the Senate which is hearing today, among others, Alessandro Diddi
“The summons was not correct both from the point of view of form and substance”. That’s what he says the secretary of state of the Holy See, card. Parolin, in a letter addressed to the I Commission of the Senate which is hearing today, among others, Alessandro Diddi, promoter of Justice of the Vatican, as part of the discussion for the establishment of a commission of inquiry into the disappearance of Emanuela Orlandi and Mirella Gregori. The letter was read by Diddi himself, underlining the unusual nature of the way in which he was summoned in the context of a hearing “aimed at obtaining information from a public official of a foreign state”.
The green light for Diddi’s hearing was given by the Vatican in the “hope of arriving at a definitive clarification on the case” observe the card. Parolin in the letter underlining that the presence of Diddi “cannot be considered a precedent” and “in the future, when the Italian authorities want to have information, all the formalities required by international law will have to be observed“.
Diddi indeed reported “that there are institutional rules that have always been followed until today and which would have required the convocation in other forms, not with an email and a phone call to my private secretariat. The Secretariat of State was initially against it because I hadn’t been summoned through official channels, I expressed my personal opinion underlining the unusual nature of the summons” but I stressed that “it was appropriate for me to be present”.