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by James Warren Published Nov. 24, 2015 9:27 am Updated Nov. 24, 2015 9:29 am

Two journalists went on trial at the Vatican today in an unusual proceeding in which they’re accused of illegally publishing claims of Vatican mismanagement based on confidential documents.

Reporters Gianluigi Nuzzi and Emiliano Fittipaldi both showed up before the Vatican court and, in theory, could face up to eight years in prison. The Vatican operates a different legal system than Italy and, though there is an extradition agreement between the two entities, it’s unclear if the two journalists could actually wind up in prison if convicted.

Jim Paris Comments -

The Vatican's finances should be 100% transparent. The notion that there should be any confidentiality here is ridiculous. The idea that two reporters could end up in prison for eight years is a travesty. This shows the true nature of what is going on at the Vatican under Pope Francis - a web of secrets... After all of the moral failings of the Catholic church in recent decades, keeping secrets from the press should be very low on their list of priorities.