Vatican Butler Called a ‘Scapegoat’

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Pope Benedict XVI and his butler Paolo Gabriele, below center, on April 21, 2010. Gabriele was arrested on May 25 on charges of aggravated theft for allegedly leaking documents to an Italian journalist.

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.