Skip to comments.Pope's valet source of leaked documents? (Catholic Caucus)
Posted on 05/25/2012 1:10:00 PM PDT by NYer
Vatican police have arrested the Pope's valet, reporting that he was discovered in possession of confidential documents, and are holding him for questioning.
The director of the Vatican press office, Father Federico Lombardi, told reporters on May 25 that an investigation into a recent series of leaks had led the Vatican gendarmerie to a particular individual. The suspect was illegally holding confidential documents, he said. Although he did not identify the suspect, Vatican sources later confirmed reports that it was Paolo Gabriele, who has served as the Pope's valet for the past 6 years.
As a member of the pontifical household, Gabriele is one of the few people who would have access to confidential documents that pass across the Pope's desk. However, Vatican insiders have been convinced that the "Vatileaks" scandal has been orchestrated by some more senior official, as part of a struggle for power within the Vatican. The arrest of the valet--a layman with no particular influence--immediately gave rise to suspicions that Gabriele might be working on behalf of someone else, and might serve as a scapegoat to defect attention from more powerful prelates.
Earlier this week the Vatican had warned that the public release of confidential documents was a criminal activity. Pope Benedict had set up a special commission, composed of 3 senior cardinals, to investigate a succession of embarrassing leaks. The May 25 arrest came as a result of that commission's work, Father Lombardi said.
Evil is all around, even those closest to us. We need to pray and hard!!
I imagine someone could sell Vatican documents to the press for a nice profit.
what was leaked?
Gabriele is the gentleman in the foreground with the hair gel reflecting in the sun.
A book, published in Italy is creating unrest in the Vatican and has made Pope Benedict XVI angry, which is the new publication “Santità Sua “(Holiness) by Gianluigi Nuzzi. In it were numerous confidential letters directed to the pope and his personal secretary, Monsignor Georg Gänswein. About such a breach of trust and violation of privacy, the Pope is furious. The Vatican announced on Saturday that it is initiating legal proceedings for “theft” and “receiving stolen goods”. Legal proceedings have been started already within and outside the Vatican.
For the whole story go here but beware, it assumes you know the a lot about the Vatican - http://cathcon.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/vicious-power-struggle-in-vatican.html
Numerous documents about the internal workings of the Vatican were passed on to the Italian media.
Kind of looks like a capo.
Sure. And Sirhan Sirhan really shot Kennedy.