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Posted on 10/02/2012 8:38:36 PM PDT by marshmallow
Cardinal Velasio De Paolis, a canon lawyer and member of the Vaticans Supreme Court, is convinced that Pope Benedict XVI will pardon his former valet, Paolo Gabriele.
Gabriele, who is currently being tried in a Vatican court for the theft of confidential documents from the papal apartments, is to take the witness stand tomorrow.
In an interview with La Repubblica Sept. 30, the Curial cardinal, asked if Gabriele will be jailed or pardoned, stressed that a pardon is a personal prerogative of the Holy Father and one that only he, in good conscience, can decide.
He added: According to my studies of criminal procedure applied to the Church, I feel I can say that, with a full confession of honest remorse and the absolute certainty that the crime cannot be committed again, popes have always issued, in favor of the condemned, measures dictated by the mercy that is the essence of the Church, which is always close to her children, even those found guilty.
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