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May 28th, 2012
12:21 PM ET

No cardinal suspected of pope papers leak, Vatican insists

By the CNN Wire Staff

Rome (CNN) – Pope Benedict XVI's spokesman denied Monday that a cardinal or a woman were being investigated alongside the pope's butler on suspicion of leaking confidential documents.

"I firmly deny the reports of a cardinal being also involved in the investigations, as well as the reports of a woman allegedly also involved," the Rev. Federico Lombardi told CNN.

Butler Paolo Gabriele has been formally charged with aggravated theft for allegedly stealing private documents, Lombardi said.

Gabriele was arrested on suspicion of leaking confidential papers to an Italian journalist, the Vatican said Saturday.

The formal investigation is ongoing, Lombardi said Monday, refusing to comment on how long it will last.

Gabriele, 46, was arrested Wednesday, accused of illegal possession of confidential documents, found in his apartment in Vatican territory, the Vatican said in a statement issued three days later.

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  1. Kindness

    Kindness
    For you.
    A thought to consider without an ego response

    Accept Jesus christ as your lord and saviour. You never know how soon is too late. Transcend the worldly illusion of enslavement.
    The world denounces truth....

    Accepting Jesus Christ (for me) resulted in something like seeng a new colour. You will see it .....but will not be able to clearly explain it to anyone else..... Its meant to be that way to transend any selfism within you.

    Also... much the world arranges "surrounding dark matter into something to be debated" in such a way that protects/inflates the ego.

    The key is be present and transcend our own desire to physically see evidence. We don't know anyways by defending our own perception of dark matter.

    Currently.... most of us are constructing our own path that suits our sin lifestyle. Were all sinners. Knowing that we are is often an issue. But both christians and non are sinners.

    We don't like to Let go and let god. We want control to some degree. This is what Jesus asks us to do. "Follow me".
    It's the hardest thing to do... but is done by letting the truth of scripture lead you (redemptive revelation)... as I said .

    Try reading corinthians and see if it makes sense to you. Try it without a pre conceived notion of it being a fairy tale.
    See the truth...
    do we do what it says in todays society... is it relevant... so many have not recently read and only hinge their philosophy on what they have heard from som other person...which may have been full of arogance pride or vanity..

    Look closely at the economy ponzi, look at how society idolizes Lust , greed , envy, sloth, pride of life, desire for knowledge, desire for power, desire for revencge,gluttony with food etc .

    Trancsend the temporal world.

    Just think if you can find any truth you can take with you ....in any of these things. When you die your riches go to someone who will spend away your life..... You will be forgotten.... history will repeat iteslf.... the greatest minds knowledge fade or are eventually plagerzed..... your good deeds will be forgotten and only give you a fleeting temporary reward . your learned teachings are forgotten or mutated..... your gold is transfered back to the rullers that rule you through deception. Your grave will grow over . This is truth .

    Trancsend your egoism and free yourself from this dominion of satan. Understand you are a sinner and part of the collective problem of this worldly matrix... Repent.... Repent means knowing (to change) The Holy spirit (within) will convict you beyond what you think you can do by yourself. Grace is given to those who renounce the world. That are" in" the world but not "of " the world.

    Evidence follows faith. Faith does not follow evidence..... Faith above reason in Jesus Christ.

    Faith comes by Reading or Hearing the word of god from the bible . Ask Jesus in faith for dicernment and start reading the new testament... You will be shocked when you lay down your preconceived notions and ....see and hear truth ... see how christ sets an example ... feel the truth....

    Read Ecclesiastes. Read corinthians.

    You cant trancend your own egoism by adapting a world philosophy to suit your needs. Seek the truth in Christ.

    Sell all your cleverness and purchase true bewilderment. You don't get what you want ....you get what you are in christ.

    I promise this has been the truth for me. In Jesus christ .

    Think of what you really have to lose. ...your ego?

    Break the Matrix of illusion that holds your senses captive.

    once you do . you too will have the wisdom of God that comes only through the Holy Spirit. Saved By grace through Faith. Just like seeing a new colour.... can't explain it to a transient caught in the matrix of worldly deception.
    You will also see how the world suppresses this information and distorts it

    You're all smart people . I tell the truth. Its hard to think out of the box when earthly thinking is the box.
    I'ts a personal free experience you can do it free anytime . Don't wait till you are about to die.. START PUTTING YOUR TREASURES WHERE THEY REALLY MATTER >
    Its awsome and It's just between you and Jesus

    my testimony

    June 10, 2012 at 12:01 am |
  2. Freedom from religion

    no doubt, the catholic church is filthy. Let's expose the real crimes against children. We have only seen the tip of the iceberg on that issue. Who cares if the pope and crew, juvenile delinquents that never grew up, kill each other? No one.. The world should take over the vatican and arrest the pope and his pigs.

    May 30, 2012 at 7:38 am |
  3. PrimeNumber

    Change a few names here and there and the story could be about the US government. Catholic Watergate. (Look that up, youngsters)

    May 29, 2012 at 9:16 am |
  4. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    May 29, 2012 at 4:37 am |
    • Jesus

      Prayer doesn’t not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!

      May 29, 2012 at 11:00 am |
    • just sayin

      Prayer is evidence of a mental illness. FACT

      May 29, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
  5. Jimmy G.

    The Vatican still has dungeons where the screams of innocent people still echo, rooms where children are still rap.ed, and powerful figures that continue the criminal activities of this criminal organization.

    This butler should be rescued and all the evidence of Vatican criminal activity turned over to the World Court.

    May 29, 2012 at 3:54 am |
    • PrimeNumber

      Ever heard of Abu Ghraib , Jimmy? No?

      May 29, 2012 at 9:18 am |
    • Freedom from religion

      I agree, Jimmy.

      May 30, 2012 at 7:59 am |
  6. Maias

    "I firmly deny the reports of a cardinal being also involved in the investigations, as well as the reports of a woman allegedly also involved," the Rev. Federico Lombardi told CNN

    Wow! That was a fast investigation! Or maybe a cardinal admitted to the leaks in confession and this cannot be revealed by the Vatican as it is 'confidential'. So, as in most crimes, we are left to believe "the butler did it".

    May 28, 2012 at 9:50 pm |
    • ןןɐq ʎʞɔnq

      with the lead pipe, in the drawing room

      May 28, 2012 at 11:59 pm |
  7. Sam

    Catholicism is the Mother of all Organized Religions, and therefore the most corrupt and the farthest from GOD! Followed closely by Evangelicals, Mormons, Presbyterians, Protestants, Baptists, Methodists. Jesus himself wouldn't have anything to do with them, if indeed he ever existed!
    ,

    May 28, 2012 at 7:50 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      Yeah cuz Jesus didn't want anything to do with all you sinners!

      May 29, 2012 at 12:54 pm |
  8. prophet

    have a look at the vatican website and you will see how insecure the vatican are about themselves now as the picture of Mr Benedict has been altered to make him look like the other pope and this proves that they are desparate now to make Mr Benedict seem different to waht he really is and we are watching the end of a very dishonest and corrupt society / religion

    May 28, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  9. prophet

    if we see what most of these very unfortuante athiests write then we can see why they are athiests, their primitive use of words and inability to put them together correctly is the obvious that they are pagans and really should not be in society. The words used in some of these comments are disgusting and can only confirm the persons primitive existence.

    May 28, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
    • Ted

      ROFL at your attempted use of "words". YOU LOSER!

      May 28, 2012 at 6:18 pm |
    • ocekit

      You have no right to criticize anyone when it comes to spelling or grammar. Your primitive use of the English language is appalling.

      What Pagan religion do you practice?

      May 29, 2012 at 6:35 pm |
    • DaveInOrlando

      "[I]f we see what most of these very unfortuante athiests write[,] then we can see why they are athiests[.] [T]heir primitive use of words and inability to put them together correctly is the obvious [proof] that they are pagans[,] and really should not be in society. The words used in some of these comments are disgusting and can only confirm the person[']s primitive existence."

      Fixed the obvious mistakes for you. It's still pretty clunky prose, though.

      May 30, 2012 at 7:34 am |
  10. prophet

    its an incredible truth that the best converts to Belief in God are actually athiests

    May 28, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
  11. prophet

    Our Saviour Yeshua Mashiah Came to Save us from religions

    May 28, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
  12. Prayer is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer takes people away from actually working on real solutions to their problems.
    Prayer has been shown to have no discernible effect towards what was prayed for.
    Prayer makes you frothy like Rick Santorum. Just go to http://santorum.com to find out more.
    Prayer prevents you from getting badly needed exercise.
    Prayer makes you fat, pale, weak, and sedentary.
    Prayer wears out your clothes prematurely.
    Prayer contributes to global warming through excess CO2 emissions.
    Prayer fucks up your knees and your neck and your back.
    Prayer can cause heart attacks, especially among the elderly.
    Prayer reveals how stupid you are to the world.
    Prayer exposes your backside to pervert priests.
    Prayer makes you think doilies are exciting.
    Prayer makes you secretively flatulent and embarrassed about it.
    Prayer makes your kids avoid spending time with you.
    Prayer gives you knobbly knees.
    Prayer makes you frothy like Rick Santorum. Just google him to find out.
    Prayer dulls your senses.
    Prayer makes you post really stupid shit.
    Prayer makes you hoard cats.
    Prayer makes you smell like shitty kitty litter and leads you on to harder drugs.
    Prayer wastes time.

    May 28, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
  13. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    May 28, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
    • Prayer is not healthy for children and other living things

      Prayer takes people away from actually working on real solutions to their problems.
      Prayer has been shown to have no discernible effect towards what was prayed for.
      Prayer prevents you from getting badly needed exercise.
      Prayer makes you fat, pale, weak, and sedentary.
      Prayer wears out your clothes prematurely.
      Prayer contributes to global warming through excess CO2 emissions.
      Prayer fucks up your knees and your neck and your back.
      Prayer can cause heart attacks, especially among the elderly.
      Prayer reveals how stupid you are to the world.
      Prayer exposes your backside to pervert priests.
      Prayer makes you think doilies are exciting.
      Prayer makes you secretively flatulent and embarrassed about it.
      Prayer makes your kids avoid spending time with you.
      Prayer gives you knobbly knees.
      Prayer makes you frothy like Rick Santorum. Just google him to find out.
      Prayer dulls your senses.
      Prayer makes you post really stupid shit.
      Prayer makes you hoard cats.
      Prayer makes you smell like shitty kitty litter and leads you on to harder drugs.
      Prayer wastes time.

      May 28, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
    • ןןɐq ʎʞɔnq

      God has a plan. Don't screw it up with your prayers.

      May 28, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
    • Jesus

      ~Prayer doesn’t not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!

      May 29, 2012 at 11:00 am |
  14. Honey Badger Dont Care

    GOD HATES Polytextilites!!

    Leviticus: 19:19

    May 28, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
  15. Colin

    I only hope that the constant stream of scandals from this corrupt and medieval insti.tution will open more young eyes to how completely ridiculous Catholicism is in the 21st. Century and turn more and more people away from it.

    May 28, 2012 at 12:57 pm |
    • ןןɐq ʎʞɔnq

      Hey Colin. How are you ? Well I hope ! :)

      May 28, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      Colin, Your point is well taken. I hope that these scandals open the eyes of the young to what the Catholic faith has become in many instances. I also hope and pray that some of these young people dedicate themselves to the truths of the faith and help guide human life into a revival of spirit and love as our Lord intended.

      May 29, 2012 at 12:58 pm |
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