Vatican Confirms Pope’s Butler Arrested

Andrew Medichini / AP (FILE)

In this photo taken Wednesday, May, 23, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI delivers his blessing as he arrives at St.Peter's square at the Vatican for a general audience. The Vatican has confirmed Saturday, May 26, 2012, that the pope's butler Paolo Gabriele, bottom left, was arrested in an embarrassing leaks scandal. Spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi said Paolo Gabriele was arrested in his home inside Vatican City with secret documents in his possession. Gabriele, a layman, was being held. Vatican documents leaked to the press in recent months have pointed to power struggles and accusations of corruption touching senior Vatican cardinals. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Paolo Gabriele, Pope Benedict XVI’s butler, was arrested this week after leaking personal letters and confidential documents to an Italian journalist, the Vatican confirmed on Saturday. The information was published in a top-selling book called Sua Santita (or His Holiness). Gabriele is one of the only Vatican staffers with access to the pope’s desk and was found in possession of the documents on Saturday. The documents reportedly showed widespread corruption and cronyism inside the church. The pope is reportedly “saddened and shocked” by the arrest.