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Pope's ex-butler gets 18 months in prison for leaking confidential papers
Pope Benedict XVI's butler Paolo Gabriele sits in the popemobile in April 25.
October 6th, 2012
10:51 AM ET

Pope's ex-butler gets 18 months in prison for leaking confidential papers

From Hada Messia, CNN

Rome (CNN) - The pope's former butler, Paolo Gabriele, was convicted Saturday of aggravated theft for leaking confidential papal documents and sentenced to 18 months in prison.

He was also ordered to pay the costs of the trial at the Vatican City courthouse.

The case is the biggest to go before the Vatican court in decades. It has been the subject of intense interest because a book based on the leaked papers revealed claims of corruption within the Roman Catholic Church hierarchy.

Presiding judge Giuseppe Dalla Torre said he was reducing the three-year term requested by the prosecution to 18 months because of mitigating circumstances.

These included the fact that Gabriele had no previous criminal record and his acknowledgment of "having betrayed" the pope's trust, Dalla Torre said, in a reading of the verdict broadcast on Vatican TV.

Gabriele, who could have faced up to eight years in prison, looked relieved as the 18-month sentence was handed down.

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Filed under: Catholic Church • Pope Benedict XVI • Vatican

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    October 8, 2012 at 10:44 pm |
  2. Tired of Religion Perverting the World

    I'm trying to think of a time when organized religion didn't muck up the works. so far I've got nothing.

    October 8, 2012 at 11:13 am |
  3. Tired of Religion Perverting the World

    Oh, organized religion...how you screw up mankind....

    October 8, 2012 at 11:11 am |
  4. Samuels

    What do you know, Jesus throws the Pharisees out of the temple and its honorable and godly, the actions of a prophet. A modern day man does the same, and the Catholic Church sentences him to prison. Religion surely is our savior.

    October 6, 2012 at 6:45 pm |
  5. Abdullo

    Hopefully, he utilizes his time to write a memoir book on 2 A.M. phone calls.

    October 6, 2012 at 5:53 pm |
  6. Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

    The holocaust was fake. More like "holohoax."

    October 6, 2012 at 5:46 pm |
  7. Abortions are Hilarious

    The pope is a gay. His butthole is wide enough to fit a watermelon.

    October 6, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Couldn't get a date for tonight, huh?

      October 6, 2012 at 5:44 pm |
    • Ha ha ha ha ha

      @Tom
      Good burn.

      October 8, 2012 at 2:11 am |
  8. kittyzen

    Prayer changes nothing.

    October 6, 2012 at 11:34 am |
    • truth be told

      I know a person who actually learned to use the reply key through prayer.

      October 6, 2012 at 12:49 pm |
    • lol

      Go see a proctologist, cause I've been praying every day that you get incurable rectal cancer, maybe it worked?

      October 6, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
    • truth be told

      @lol
      What did kittyzen do to you? For prayer results.. the only prayer God will hear from you would be the sinners prayer of repentance. After you are born again you may talk with God on a variety of subjects. Wishing ill will on another human being will not be a topic of interest.

      October 6, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  9. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    October 6, 2012 at 11:15 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:

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      October 6, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
    • Live

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      October 6, 2012 at 6:43 pm |
    • nope

      @live
      nope

      October 6, 2012 at 7:40 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 10, 2012 at 11:36 am |

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