Vatican Butler Called a ‘Scapegoat’

    Pope Benedict XVI (R) waves as he stands in his papamobile with his butler Paolo Gabriele (C) upon arrival for a weekly general audience on April 21, 2010 at St Peter's square at The Vatican. Gabriele, who has worked at the Vatican since 2006 and was one of a select few with access to the pope's private quarters, was arrested on May 25, 2012, a month after the pope set up a special commission of cardinals to probe leaks of confidential papal documents.  AFP PHOTO / VINCENZO PINTO        (Photo credit should read VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Pope Benedict's butler, Paolo Gabriele, is called "the usual scapegoat" by a new set of secret documents published by Italian newspaper La Repubblica. A letter accompanying the new information said they hoped to "drive out the real culprits from the Vatican," and cited them as Georg Gaenswein, Benedict's personal secretary, and Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, his secretary of state. Gabriele, who is being blamed for the original leak, which exposed corruption and cronyism in the church, is currently detained in the Vatican jail. The letter also alludes to hundreds more secret documents that could damage the Vatican's reputation.

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