Pope's butler arrested

2012-05-26 08:22

Vatican City - Vatican police arrested Friday a man - reportedly the pope's butler - on allegations of having leaked confidential documents and letters from the pontiff's private study to newspapers.

The man was caught in possession of secret documents, the Vatican said, but it would not confirm the suspect's identity, age, or when he had been arrested.

But informed sources said the man was Paolo Gabriele, 46, who had been working as a butler in the papal apartments since 2006. One source said the pope was "saddened and shocked" by this "painful case."

"The inquiry carried out by Vatican police... allowed them to identify someone in possession of confidential documents. This person is currently being questioned," Vatican spokesperson Federico Lombardi told journalists.

Il Foglio newspaper and ANSA news agency named the detained man as Gabriele, a member of the small team which works daily in Pope Benedict XVI's apartments.


The Italian daily said he is likely to be used by the Vatican as "a handy scapegoat" for several others suspected of being involved in leaking documents, some of which ended up in a new book on the tiny state published a week ago.

Gianluigi Nuzzi's "His Holiness" reproduces dozens of top secret and private letters and faxes which were smuggled out by whistle-blowers tired of the corruption and unhealthy bitterness in the Vatican.

The number of people who have access to the pope's private study is very limited, and includes his butler, four nuns and Benedict's two secretaries, Georg Gaenswein and Alfred Xuereb.

Last month, the pope set up a special commission of cardinals to probe the leaks, which began in January and have seen private documents splashed in the Italian media - to the embarrassment and rage of the Holy See.

Among papers leaked to Italy's press are some that have dealt with allegations of corruption within the Vatican.

Failing to clean image

They have mainly centred on the activities of the Vatican bank and Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone.

The arrest came a day after the head of the Vatican Bank was ousted for failing to clean up the image of an institution that has come to symbolise the opacity and scandal gripping the Holy See's administration.

Ettore Gotti Tedeschi was thrown out by the bank's board for failing to do his job - but had also recently been suspected of being one of those behind the leaks.

Gotti Tedeschi, an expert on financial ethics, was put in charge of the bank - also known as the Institute for Religious Works (IOR) - in 2009, in an effort on the part of the Vatican to rid the institution of scandal.

Moneyval, the Council of Europe's experts on anti-money laundering, is due to rule at the beginning of July on the whether the Holy See has managed to clean up its act and meet international monetary standards.


But the former head of Spanish bank Santander's Italian operations tasked with bringing transparency to the bank came under suspicion in 2010 when he was investigated as part of an inquiry by magistrates into money-laundering.

Gotti Tedeschi, 67, was accused of violating laws set up in 2007 that tightened rules on disclosure of financial operations to the Italian central bank in a bid to stamp out money laundering.

  • vloftie - 2012-05-26 08:53

    interesting how a church who is suppose to be honest and open has "secret" documents which they want to keep out of public eye... I wonder...

      Desmond Reginald Solomons - 2012-05-26 09:05

      wonder what is so secret about the documents, this church must be exposed if they have so much secrecy.

      MagdaKus - 2012-05-26 09:40

      The church deals with people's confidences every day. I would not like to read content of my confession online for example. I am not saying some people did not do anything wrong (I don't know)- but do not assume that just because something is confidential it is always dodgy - or your business. I am using confession merely as an example; there are other legal instances where discretion is advisable.

      MagdaKus - 2012-05-26 11:23

      What I am asking is: If a multinational organisation investigates some of its employees for corruption/scandal/any crime- are you saying- if the multinational's name is Microsoft Inc (whatever) it is allowed to keep the proceedings confidential. If the multinational's name is Vatican Inc.- it has to make it public. You- as an accused employee are not going to sue your employer if the name is Vatican Inc- but if it is eg. MicroSoft- you will sue the pants off them for making the accusations public. This is not a case of double standards, because Vatican Inc. is by its constitution required to turn the other cheek even if you took exception to its going public. Is this correct?

      James - 2012-05-26 16:28

      Probably covering up child abuse cases. The Vatican Bank is also not Lily white.

      Antin - 2012-05-26 21:50

      Forget about wikileaks, step aside Assange. Now we have popeleaks.

  • Nare James Mashamaite - 2012-05-26 09:06

    Honest and Open does not always mean giving personal details to a Corrupt world. There are deep truths n Lies that have to be protected for the greater good and health of the Christian community,

      goyougoodthing - 2012-05-26 09:32

      Christian Community? Catholics are not Christians. They worship idols (Saints) and hold the mother higher than Jesus. But on a level of evil, both Catholic and Protestants are fairly equally as evil as you could get. Bad bad bad bad bad. All of them.

      MagdaKus - 2012-05-26 09:47

      @ you goyouthing: please check in the Catechism or any reputable Catholic website because you're basing your argument on incorrect facts. Catholics believe Jesus is God, Mary although God's Angel called he "blessed among women" and the only one God found worthy to bear His Son, is only a creature. We worship God alone, and honour the Saints & Mary. Every human community has its bad apples- if you only applied the same scrutiny to them as you're currently using for Christians- Catholic or Protestant.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-05-26 10:17

      Saints are false prophets and idol worship, you lot are more confused than the average religious nut

  • Nare James Mashamaite - 2012-05-26 09:32

    I plead with the Vatican to ensure tough security and a careful scrutiny for those who work closer to the Holy Father, while I understand and forgive the humanity of this butler, I wish people like him should not be given access to the Pope's private compartment. The Church has all rights to keep Truths that should be kept until the World is mature enough to receive them. Good work by Vatican Police.

      Dee - 2012-05-26 13:04

      This article states the leaked documents deal with Vatican financial corruption. ..... a very Earthly matter - not some divine "Truths" that the world 'not mature enough to receive'. I plead with the Vatican to clean up their act - and behave in a totally open and transparent manner.

      peterjohnjnb - 2012-05-26 13:47

      wow.....brainwashed much? Your holy book says: "the truth shall set you free", so how about the Catholic church start doing just would make a very nice change.....

      Justin - 2012-05-26 15:49

      James Nare, I trust that you have read that catholism was started by a roman emperor in 325 ad, at what was called the Nicean Council, where a new Pagan religion was formed. From that time they killed 68 million christians who didnt believe the Rosary crap, its nowhere in the Bible. Paying money for confession of sins, no where in the Bible, praying to saints - nowhere in the bible.

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-05-26 10:01

    Maybe, at long last, will we find out where the pope buys his red shoes!!

      Piet - 2012-05-26 11:00

      Ask David Kramer.....

  • johan.coetsee.9 - 2012-05-26 10:09

    I also agree that the Catholic Church is a fake Christian Church. Go into a website and read about it. They have done a thorough investigation on the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church wil also be the "Church of the Antichrist" and the next pope will be the "False Prophet".

      peterjohnjnb - 2012-05-26 10:18

      if any of that nonsense was true, it wouldn't surprise me.

      Nare James Mashamaite - 2012-05-26 10:27

      ignorance displayed in public is very dangerous. So your whole confusion is based on Cuttingedge? Can you reason beyond reasonable doubt that Cuttingedge consulted reliable sources to make up is analysis? CAn you?

      johan.coetsee.9 - 2012-05-26 11:29

      Nare James, I can give you hundreds of references. Have you read what I directed you to? Who is ignorent now? Investigate on Youtube as well. Also look at the Jessuits.

  • peterjohnjnb - 2012-05-26 10:14

    Give that man a bells!!

  • Nare James Mashamaite - 2012-05-26 10:40

    The Catholic Church was a persecuted Church, it IS a persecuted Church and will always be persecuted, because the cries of its heralds demand Truth and the world does not want to hear the Truth. Peter, you are the Rock! and on this rock I will build My Church, and the powers of death will NEVER overpower it. I WILL give YOU the keys of the kingdom of heaven: whatever you bind on EARTH shall be bound in HEAVEN, and whatever you unbind on earth shall be unbound in HEAVEN. The power of death has entered Peter's compartment, but it shall NEVER overpower the Church of Christ.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-05-26 11:11

      What nonsense, the Catholics persecute everyone!

      johan.coetsee.9 - 2012-05-26 11:32

      It is ironic that Peter was suddenly made the proprieter of the Catholic Church hundreds of years after he died. I wonder what he would have said about that.

      Justin - 2012-05-26 15:55

      James, who ever persecuted the Roman Catholic Church. The catholic church has persectued true genuine borned again Christians throught all history. They are the biggest custodians of Gold and wealth in the world. Their military arm, the Jesuits and the Knights of Malta, literally control every banking institution. in what is called the Dark ages, Roman Catholic church took bibles from people and told them it will confuse them, only their Cardinals can interprete the Bible. Until God sent a man by the name of Martin Luther and he said The Just Shall Live By Faith. Catholism is worse than Satanism. If you read "The Nun's Testimony, and a book called 50 years in the Church of Rome. Peter was never a pope. Peter died opposing this nonsense. What Peter said can be found in Acts 2:38, if you believe Peter then go do what Acts 2: 38 says. Repent and be baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Not sprinkle babies when they are sleeping in the titles of Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Repent, and be baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Acts 2:38.

  • Nare James Mashamaite - 2012-05-26 10:44

    Can you really indicate a single instance where Mary is WORSHIPPED? No you can't if you are a person of Truth.

      Justin - 2012-05-26 16:07

      James, your prayer says Mary mtoher of God. As if God can have a mother. In the Bible says, before me there was no one and after me there will be no one. What are the statues of Mary doing in your churches becasue the Bible say you shall not bow down before any image. And the Rosary in the bible? God used prophets, like Elijah, Moses, Daniel. God is the same yesterday today and forever..hebrews 3:8, why is God now resorted to using Popes?? He will never!! Roman Catholic has killed more christians than any war, famine and pestilence. The book of revelation say, that woman that sitteth upon seven hills, (rome was built on seven hills) in her was found the blood of all Martyrs. ALL martys. They nailed my Lord to the Cross, thos Roman solidiers. Today, they call themselves cardinals thinking we cant recognize them. You cant deceive the Holy Spirit no matter how much the "Church". God doesnt ask catholic to repent in the Catholic system. He tells us in the word.."Come out my people", be not partakers of her filth! Mother of ALL abominations..The Roman Catholic church!

      Antin - 2012-05-26 22:21

      Nare James, I was in Lourdes. They'll believe anything there (pardonne moi maman) -nice industrial strength religion. Now you may call it “adoration”, but I call what I saw, straight worship. Truth, truth? There's the detail of: what you think/wish to be true, and plain fact. Truth is very elastic, and most so when religions bicker about "truth". But I must say, that the RCC is the church with the bestest cathedrals, the most beautifullest clothes, the mostest money, and the bestest way to suppress "deep truths n Lies" (cause they have the mostest to hide.)

  • Nare James Mashamaite - 2012-05-26 10:46

    Thank you Magda!! Let's inform the ignorant!

  • sean.looney - 2012-05-26 10:51

    "rape all the children you want, just please don't leak our documents" - the catholic church

      peterjohnjnb - 2012-05-26 13:45

      there it is.....the voice of reason.

  • norman.alvin - 2012-05-26 10:56

    The butler did it!!:))

  • Shaun McDermott - 2012-05-26 11:18

    David Kramer passed away

      Antin - 2012-05-26 22:22


  • Nare James Mashamaite - 2012-05-26 17:46

    If by everyone u r refering to the likes of your self then you are right! The Church was sent to ensure the destruction of Satan, and if he manifests himself through people like you, you deserve persecution.

      Justin - 2012-05-27 09:50

      The Churh was sent for the destruction of Satan? what are you talking about James? When Jesus Christ was crucified, he defeated, Satan, death and Hell. We all are saved by accepting the Victory that is in the blood of Jesus. Satan is manifesting himself in the Catholic Church thru rapes of little boys by filthy, Sodomite priests of the catholic church who know NOTHING about the power of salvation. Dont be deceived James, God is not mocked.

      Antin - 2012-05-27 12:58

      Yes, Lord Lucifer manifest Himself through us, and now we will execute His bidding and destroy you. You failed and we are winning the War that started at the beginning of time itself. Nare James, you can run -but you cannot hide. You know god's empire is crumbling and we will squash you like the vermin you are. Your only hope is accepting Satan as your master. Come to us. (Things are lekker here and the beer is free.)

  • Nare James Mashamaite - 2012-05-26 17:57

    Mary is the Mother of Jesus, Jesus is God, logically, this makes Mary mother of God. You need not understand mother in a fundamentalist conception, but in a sense that through her the Word of God, being Jesus, becomes flesh. Peter denied Christ three times and he is a leader of the Apostles. The Gospel of Mark is based on his preachings from Jerusalem to Rome. He is one of the writers of the Bible you are quoting to me. The Church receives the Word of God in two ways, the Bible is one way of receiving the Word, but not the only way. So you should know the Apostolic way of receiving the Word, then you will come to appreciate what the Bible means.

      Fawzia - 2012-05-26 18:38

      Jesus ( Peace be upon him) was, is & will always be a man. Think with clarity of mind, rationally & then logically.

      Antin - 2012-05-27 13:01

      Nare, do you truly find all this stuff in your bible, or did you guys make it up as you went along?

      Antin - 2012-05-27 13:06

      Fawzia, the debate is still out on whether Jesus was a historic figure or not. The actual existence of Mohammed is much more certain. Prob with this dude was that he married and raped a little girl. Not on, by today's standards. So as prophets go, Jesus is still nicer to me -even if he might not have existed in the 1st place.

  • Nare James Mashamaite - 2012-05-26 18:12

    I read cuttungedge and m asking you do research your claims from credible sources, In that website you have Scriptural texts used out of context, foreign doctrines said to be of the Church and sources that are of the author's calibre. Internet material is mostly based on personal opinions and not much on lived experiences.

      Justin - 2012-05-27 02:45

      Nare, the bible say at the marriage supper of the Lamb, the saint will Crown Jesus Christ Lords of all. That means, Jesus Christ right now is not wearing a crown, the saints will put that on His Head, according to the Bible. but your pope already has a golden crown on his head. Who has crowned him? His Crown is written latin words, Vivarius Filii Dei, turn those into roman numerals and you have 666. Flee from that system, that has corrupeted the true word of God. Today, we have the world worshipping the Roman Catholic Sun God on the 25th of December every year, Time is no more James. Just run to Jesus Christ and be borned again. Jesus Christ says, except a man be borned again he shall not see the kingdom of God. The system is about to Crash. Remembe Russia has been ordained by God to destroy that Mystery Babylon, the great Whore, the Vatican City, Putin's bombs are ready, run for your life, else meet and u wll meet at the Judgement throne. I have tried to tell you the Truth,the Bible truth, let every man's word be a lie and God's word be the truh.

  • Antin - 2012-05-26 21:43

    Oh this one will burn in hell for sure. Fire and brimstone for all eternity.

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