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Pope's former butler claims innocence in 'Vatileaks' trial
Pope Benedict XVI's personal butler Paolo Gabriele, known also as 'Paoletto,' ride through the Vatican in the popemobile.
October 3rd, 2012
04:26 AM ET

Pope's former butler claims innocence in 'Vatileaks' trial

By Hada Messia, CNN

Rome (CNN) - Pope Benedict XVI's former butler declared himself innocent Tuesday of a charge of aggravated theft in connection with leaked documents - but said he had abused the pope's trust.

Paolo Gabriele has previously admitted taking hundreds of secret papers from the pope's personal apartment and passing them to an Italian journalist.

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- A. Hawkins

Filed under: Catholic Church • Crime • Pope Benedict XVI

soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. Andreas Moser

    I almost confused this trial with another one: http://andreasmoser.wordpress.com/2012/10/10/easily-confused-8/

    October 9, 2012 at 5:51 pm |
  2. Anybody know how to read?

    Does the pope have time to call off the 'Record number of justices attend Red Mass' masses? It's not working. 'Sides, what up with being a commie? Killing babies follows those types. Just like those commie capitalists in China.

    October 4, 2012 at 12:37 pm |
  3. Anybody know how to read?

    The butler did it. They always do, ya know. It's written in their secret union by-laws.

    October 4, 2012 at 12:03 pm |
  4. Why are the atheists on this blog so mean?

    Why are the atheists on this blog so mean?

    October 4, 2012 at 7:33 am |
    • Sharon

      Why are the Christians so mean? You are the ones threatening death and torture, and you've done it for a very long time.

      October 4, 2012 at 9:20 am |
    • Why are the atheists on this blog so mean?

      I asked first.

      October 4, 2012 at 10:01 am |
    • truth be trolled

      Define mean.

      October 4, 2012 at 10:11 am |
    • Why are the atheists on this blog so mean?

      Opposite of nice.

      October 4, 2012 at 10:31 am |
    • truth be trolled

      Give some examples of what you thought was mean. Be sure to include the post and reply (or multiple replies if the reply is simply to another reply).

      October 4, 2012 at 10:35 am |
    • Why are the atheists on this blog so mean?

      This post by PeterVN
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      October 4, 2012 at 10:38 am |
    • thecollegeadmissionsguru

      Why do you generalize about EVERY atheist? I find most atheists are not mean at all, in fact most simply want to offer their own insight into the debate. I find that a LOT of Christians find offense at Atheists who want nothing more than to have an open debate over the existence of a god, or not. Most Atheists aren't much different than most Christians.

      October 4, 2012 at 10:43 am |
    • Why are the atheists on this blog so mean?

      Of course not. I have known of plenty of nice atheists over the years. However, in my experience, there are a large number of atheists on this blog that seem to demean people who are religious.

      October 4, 2012 at 10:46 am |
    • truth be trolled

      Why is this Christard so mean and h0mophobic?

      "Ronald Regonzo" who degenerates to:
      "truth be told" degnerates to:
      "Atheism is not healthy ..." degenerates to:
      "Dodney Rangerfield" degenerates to:
      "tina" deganerates to:
      "captain america" degnerates to:
      "just sayin" degenerates to:
      "nope" degnerates to:
      "2357" degenerates to:
      "WOW" degnerates to:
      "fred" degnerates to:
      "!" degenerates to:
      "pervert alert" or "...." – with one liners like "qu e ers the ones that brought aids to america"

      and many other names, but could it be that you are also this same
      disgruntled ex Evangelical Fortune Cookie Co. "writer"? Heh?

      October 5, 2012 at 10:12 am |
  5. PeterVN

    Like that great blog post said, religion is for the ignorant, the gullible, the cowardly, and the stupid, and for those who would profit from them.

    October 4, 2012 at 4:42 am |
  6. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer really changes things

    October 4, 2012 at 4:28 am |
    • fred

      Loosen up. I can't get my hand out of you.

      October 4, 2012 at 4:48 am |
    • hal 9001

      I'm sorry, "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things", but your assertions regarding atheism and prayer are unfounded. The degree to which your assertions may represent truths is 0.0. To help you understand the degree to which your assertions may represent truths, I will access my Idiomatic Expression Equivalency module (IEE). Using my IEE module, the expression that best matches the degree to which your assertions may represent truths is: "TOTAL FAIL".

      I see that you repeat these unfounded statements with high frequency. Perhaps the following book might help you overcome this problem:

      I'm Told I Have Dementia: What You Can Do... Who You Can Turn to...
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      October 4, 2012 at 10:12 am |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does 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!/

      October 4, 2012 at 11:17 am |
    • .

      "Ronald Regonzo" who degenerates to:
      "truth be told" degnerates to:
      "Atheism is not healthy ..." degenerates to:
      "Dodney Rangerfield" degenerates to:
      "tina" deganerates to:
      "captain america" degnerates to:
      "just sayin" degenerates to:
      "Chad" degnerates to
      "Bob" degnerates to
      "nope" degnerates to:
      "2357" degenerates to:
      "WOW" degnerates to:
      "fred" degnerates to:
      "!" degenerates to:
      "pervert alert"

      This troll is not a christian.

      October 5, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
  7. Atheism is healthy for children and other living things

    Exactly :-)

    October 3, 2012 at 11:51 pm |
  8. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Pray for this guy please because Vatican intrigues will GET him !!!! ;-)

    October 3, 2012 at 11:41 pm |
    • fred

      Loosen up. I can't get my hand out.

      October 3, 2012 at 11:42 pm |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does 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!/.

      October 4, 2012 at 11:18 am |
  9. Bootyfunk

    the butler probably got tired of turning a blind eye to all the little boys taken to the pope's chambers late at night for a "special vigil".

    October 3, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
  10. Shuda

    He should have killed them all before taking the papers.

    October 3, 2012 at 11:35 am |
  11. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    October 3, 2012 at 5:44 am |
    • hal 9001

      I'm sorry, "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things", but your assertions regarding atheism and prayer are unfounded. The degree to which your assertions may represent truths is 0.0. To help you understand the degree to which your assertions may represent truths, I will access my Idiomatic Expression Equivalency module (IEE). Using my IEE module, the expression that best matches the degree to which your assertions may represent truths is: "TOTAL FAIL".

      I see that you repeat these unfounded statements with high frequency. Perhaps the following book might help you overcome this problem:

      I'm Told I Have Dementia: What You Can Do... Who You Can Turn to...
      by the Alzheimer's Disease Society

      October 3, 2012 at 9:25 am |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does 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!

      October 3, 2012 at 11:00 am |
    • Bootyfunk

      actions cause change; prayer wastes valuable time.

      October 3, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
  12. Bootyfunk

    vatican kept him sleep deprived... wow, talk about love and compassion. the pope is one evil mofo.

    October 3, 2012 at 4:52 am |
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