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Pope's Butler Convicted
abcnews ^ | Oct. 6, 2012

Posted on 10/06/2012 12:23:38 PM PDT by JoeProBono

Pope Benedict XVI's butler Paolo Gabriele was convicted this morning of stealing the pope's private papers and leaking them to journalist Gianluigi Nuzzi, who published them in a best-selling book.

It took the three judges presiding over the case in Vatican City about two hours of deliberations to reach the guilty verdict today, the fourth day of hearings. Gabriele was sentenced to 18 months in an Italian prison, which was less than the expected sentence of four years.

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi told reporters after the reading that the tribunal had fully accepted the "extenuating circumstances" and had reduced the sentence by a half.

The "extenuating circumstances" considered were that Gabriele had no previous criminal record, he had a good work record, he was convinced at the time -- although wrongly, according to the spokesman -- that he was doing what was right and that he now has admitted he acted incorrectly......

(Excerpt) Read more at abcnews.go.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: pope; thebutlerdidit

The pope's butler Paolo Gabriele, center, flanked at right by his lawyer Cristiana Arru, leaves the Vatican tribunal, after the verdict, at the Vatican, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012.


1 posted on 10/06/2012 12:23:45 PM PDT by JoeProBono
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To: JoeProBono

The butler did it....


2 posted on 10/06/2012 12:26:58 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: JoeProBono; Revolting cat!

The butler did it.


3 posted on 10/06/2012 12:26:58 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Obama likes to claim credit for getting Osama. Why hasn't he tried Khalid Sheikh Mohammed yet?)
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2 posted on Saturday, October 06, 2012 12:26:58 PM by stephenjohnbanker

LOL!


4 posted on 10/06/2012 12:27:57 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

5 posted on 10/06/2012 12:28:31 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Obama likes to claim credit for getting Osama. Why hasn't he tried Khalid Sheikh Mohammed yet?)
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To: JoeProBono

In the pantry, with an axe.


6 posted on 10/06/2012 12:31:08 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: a fool in paradise

7 posted on 10/06/2012 12:34:34 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: JoeProBono
You just can't get good help nowadays.

I tried to say this in Latin -- tough language.

Nunc servos bonos non haberent?

8 posted on 10/06/2012 12:37:14 PM PDT by x
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To: stephenjohnbanker

9 posted on 10/06/2012 12:38:39 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: JoeProBono

The maid goes next : )


10 posted on 10/06/2012 12:40:19 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: stephenjohnbanker

“The maid goes next : )”

The maid’s on “maneuvers” with Col. Mustard. :)


11 posted on 10/06/2012 12:50:38 PM PDT by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: JoeProBono

So... whic secrets of this pope managed to see the light of day?


12 posted on 10/06/2012 12:57:13 PM PDT by James C. Bennett (An Australian.)
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To: JoeProBono

I wonder how the food is in Italian prisons...


13 posted on 10/06/2012 1:06:35 PM PDT by Last Dakotan
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To: James C. Bennett

"Prosecutors have said Gabriele confessed to taking the documents because he wanted to expose the "evil and corruption" in the church. They quoted him as saying during an interrogation that he felt inspired by the Holy Spirit to inform the pope about the church's problems and that a "shock, even a media one, would have been healthy to bring the church back on the right track."


14 posted on 10/06/2012 1:10:40 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: JoeProBono

Imagine if he worked for a Muslim Imam in say, Saudi Arabia.


15 posted on 10/06/2012 1:13:51 PM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: James C. Bennett

“His Holiness: The Secret Papers of Benedict XVI (Italian: Sua Santità. Le carte segrete di Benedetto XVI) is a book published by Italian journalist Gianluigi Nuzzi, consisting of confidential letters and memos between Pope Benedict XVI and his personal secretary. The letters in the book portray the Vatican as a corrupt hotbed of jealousy, intrigue and underhanded factional fighting.

Nuzzi’s book reveals details about the Pope’s personal finances, and includes tales of bribes made to procure an audience with him. It reproduces confidential letters and memos to and from Benedict and his personal secretary. It contains letters from a very senior Vatican administrator to Pope Benedict in which he begged not to be transferred for having exposed alleged corruption that cost the Holy See millions of euros in higher contract prices.[2] The documents also cover a 2009 scandal concerning the ex-editor of the newspaper of the Italian bishops’ conference, a dinner between Benedict and Italy’s president, and a 2011 letter from an Italian talk show host to the pope enclosing a cheque for 10,000 euros for his charity work – and asking for a private audience in exchange. Diplomatic cables include Vatican embassies from Jerusalem to Cameroon. As well as conclusions of the pope’s inquiry into the disgraced Legion of Christ religious order - where he is warned that the financial situation of the order, beset by a scandal over its paedophile founder, “while not grave, is serious and pressing”.

The documents portray the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, in a particularly negative light.


16 posted on 10/06/2012 1:16:47 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: James C. Bennett

exactly ....it must not be too damaging or the worldwide MSM would be all over it.


17 posted on 10/06/2012 1:28:40 PM PDT by Scotswife
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To: JoeProBono
“....Vatican as a corrupt hotbed of jealousy, intrigue and underhanded factional fighting.....”

Sounds like they're auditioning for next season's “The Borgias”!

Or they're just nostalgic for those good old Renaissance days!

18 posted on 10/06/2012 2:08:54 PM PDT by Reily (l)
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To: Reily


19 posted on 10/06/2012 2:16:42 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: James C. Bennett; Scotswife

He probably admitted that he snuck crackers out of the kitchen and ate them in bed.


20 posted on 10/06/2012 4:43:44 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: JoeProBono; MotleyGirl70; Cagey; Mr. Brightside; earlJam; Rb ver. 2.0; lesser_satan; Taffini; ...
I guess he isn't eligible for the Be A Butler Or Go To Jail program.
21 posted on 10/06/2012 7:25:46 PM PDT by Gamecock
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22 posted on 10/06/2012 8:03:57 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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