Elsewhere there has been lots of speculation over the contents of the Vatileaks investigation by the three retired Cardinals. The suggestion have been that it is somehow connected to a "lavender mafia" and power struggles between senior Cardinals and Prelates. Apparently all will revealed to the Cardinals gathered for the Conclave and produce more than a little embarrassment for some.
The Vatileaks dossier contains information about the power struggles and conflicts that went on among the Church hierarchies, but it does not – the Holy See wished to stress – condemn any scandals or sex-abuse related blackmail. Cardinal electors will therefore go into the Conclave knowing the real version of the Vatileaks story, after months of assumptions, resentment and suspicions.I am not entirely sure if it happens before the Conclave the Cardinal are bound to secrecy, as we seen many old men are rather garrulous.