Ivereigh is not honorable. He could even be lying...Lombardi indicates so.
But, the Pope may have to make a statement for the peace of the Church.
I do not think in each situation of slander, which this is, a person needs to defend themselves.
I believe he is innocent of the allegations.
But, a statement would clear the air.
One cannot accuse Lombardi of lying. I do not believe this pope is an evil man.
I do believe he is not on top of all the Vatican politics and may have been used.
Benedict said God told him to resign.
God wants light to shine into all the dark corners of the Vatican.
This could be a time for intense light. But, the Pope is not free to reveal anything about the conclave.
Pray for Pope Francis.