Domenica, 23 Settembre 2018

Results of pope's butler probe due Aug 13, says Vatican


(ANSA) - Vatican City, August 8 - The Holy See will publish
the results of an investigation into how Pope Benedict XVI's
butler came to be in possession of confidential Church documents
on August 13, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said
The butler, Paolo Gabriele, is suspected of aggravated
theft. He was released from custody after two months in July and
put under house arrest.
Lombardi said the preparation of investigators findings had
taken longer than expected after having previously said they
would be presented August 6 or 7.
Gabriele's case is related to the leaking of confidential
Church documents to the media earlier this year.
Benedict is said to be baffled by the case.
"The pope has asked himself many times, with distress, for
an explanation about the motive for the gesture of Paolo
Gabriele, who he loved like a son," Vatican Secretary of State
Tarcisio Bertone told Catholic weekly Famiglia Cristiana in
Gabriele is the only person to have been arrested in the
so-called VatiLeaks case and his lawyer said he had acted alone.
Vatican experts and the media, however, have speculated
that he is a pawn of a power struggle between cardinals, with
many suggesting Vatican Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone, the
pope's right-hand man, is the intended target.
The leaked documents included letters to the pope and
Bertone from the Holy See's ambassador in Washington, Carlo
Maria Vigano, who was deputy governor of Vatican City at the
time they were written.
The letters contained allegations of corruption in the
management of Vatican City.
The Vatican has blasted the media's coverage of the leaks
affair and Bertone recently accused journalists of playing at
being Dan Brown, saying they were guilty of "inventing tales and
peddling legends".

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