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ope Benedict's former butler Paolo Gabriele (C) leaves after the verdict in his trial at the Vatican on October 6, 2012.
October 25th, 2012
12:47 PM ET

Man who leaked pope's papers heads to jail

From Hada Messia, CNN

Rome (CNN)–If Paolo Gabriele ever does get the pope's pardon, it won't be before he serves some jail time.

Gabriele, a former butler to Pope Benedict XVI, will start his 18-month sentence in a Vatican cell Thursday for taking secret papers from the pope's personal apartment and leaking them to an author who included them in a best-selling book, the Vatican said.

Gabriele, one of the pope's closest personal assistants, was convicted in Vatican City court October 6 of aggravated theft. He was arrested in May, following a Vatican investigation into how the pope's private documents appeared in the book "Sua Santita" ("His Holiness") by Italian journalist Gianluigi Nuzzi. The book, based on the papers, revealed claims of corruption in the church's hierarchy claims that could affect who becomes the next pope.

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  1. Kindness

    kindness
    This is my experience... Thank you.

    MY personal testimony.
    A thought to consider without an ego response

    I Accepted Jesus christ as my 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. Even once we are saved by christs merciful grace we will still experience adversity to mold us to adhering to the truth.
    We will slip... But not fall of the ship ...carrying us onward to perfection in christs grace.

    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 some 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.

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    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 by faith above reason 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

    Romans 10:9

    "If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved

    Last eve I passed beside a blacksmith’s door,
    And heard the anvil ring the vesper chime;
    The, looking in, I saw upon the floor
    Old hammers, worn with beating years of time.
    “How many anvils have you had,” said I,
    “To wear and batter all these hammers so?”
    “Just one,” said he, and then with twinkling eye,
    “The anvil wears the hammers out, you know.”
    And so, thought I, the anvil of God’s Word,
    For ages skeptic blows have beat upon;
    Yet, though the noise of falling blows was heard,
    The anvil is unharmed – the hammers gone.

    Truth is..exclusive

    November 24, 2012 at 10:18 am |
  2. 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 dulls your senses.
    Prayer makes you hoard cats.
    Prayer wastes time.

    October 27, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
    • Ed.....

      Churches need to close their doors and keep them shut in fact just get rid of them because Priest are continually harming children. This is known all over the world and not one country will stand-up and help the children.

      October 28, 2012 at 10:38 pm |
  3. Keith

    Why does the world allow the Vatican to have a jail? Why wasn't this man tried in an Italian court? Why is the world still being afflicted with the evil intent of the "Christians" and their "Churches" Tell me why Bronze Age myths are still determining our laws and affecting our society? Ignorance knows no bounds ! ! !! !! !!! !!! !!!! !!!! !!!!!

    October 27, 2012 at 11:15 am |
    • saggyroy

      I believe the Vatican is a sovereign country.

      October 29, 2012 at 6:20 am |
      • Keith

        It is time to change that, don't you think?

        October 29, 2012 at 12:16 pm |
  4. bob

    Cant take the popes papers Nooo sir, but the pope can take your paper out of your wallet

    October 26, 2012 at 3:37 pm |
  5. Same old same old

    The whistleblower goes to jail, the corrupt bureaucracy rolls merrily along.

    That's Catholic justice for you. Nothing new there.

    October 25, 2012 at 5:46 pm |
    • Keith

      Justice is the same all over the world, if you can afford it, you can get it.

      October 27, 2012 at 11:17 am |
  6. Jaimie

    It's time the UN or some other body stepped in, and put an end to all religions and their brainwashing.

    How many more years of suffering does the human race have to endure based on these myths.

    October 25, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      You can't legislate belief, I would like it if religion went away but it can't be forced.

      October 25, 2012 at 8:21 pm |
    • Keith

      Maybe we could trick them to all go someplace together. Then we could "NUKE" them and we would all be happy, We would because they were gone, and they would all be in their "Heaven" they are always talking about .

      One of those "Win, Win, things I believe.

      October 27, 2012 at 11:20 am |
  7. William Demuth

    I wonder if they bugger prisoners in the Vatican, or just the Altar Boys?

    October 25, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
    • Vedado Cubana

      People convicted in Vatican courts go to Italian prisons. It is a deal between the Vatican and Italy, because the Vatican doesn't have space for a prison of its own

      October 26, 2012 at 12:59 am |
    • Keith

      I would imagine that most perverts are cowards too, a grown man would be too much for them.

      October 27, 2012 at 11:22 am |
  8. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    October 25, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
    • hal 9001

      I'm sorry, "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things", but your assertions regarding atheism and prayer are unfounded. Using my Idiomatic Expression Equivalency 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 can help you:

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

      October 25, 2012 at 7:14 pm |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      Marsupials have a pouch...

      October 25, 2012 at 8:26 pm |
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      October 26, 2012 at 11:02 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 26, 2012 at 11:10 am |
    • Keith

      I have been praying for your demise for a long time, "It Doesn't Work"

      October 27, 2012 at 11:24 am |
    • saggyroy

      If prayer works, why do we have opposable thumbs?

      October 29, 2012 at 6:28 am |
  9. Reality

    The secrets the Vatican want to keep secret but fortunately now are well-known:

    From that famous passage: In 1 Corinthians 15 St. Paul reasoned, "If Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith."

    Even now Catholic/Christian professors of theology are questioning the bodily resurrection of the simple, preacher man aka Jesus.

    To wit;

    From a major Catholic university's theology professor’s grad school white-board notes:

    "Heaven is a Spirit state or spiritual reality of union with God in love, without earthly – earth bound distractions.
    Jesus and Mary's bodies are therefore not in Heaven.

    Most believe that it to mean that the personal spiritual self that survives death is in continuity with the self we were while living on earth as an embodied person.

    Again, the physical Resurrection (meaning a resuscitated corpse returning to life), Ascension (of Jesus' crucified corpse), and Assumption (Mary's corpse) into heaven did not take place.

    The Ascension symbolizes the end of Jesus' earthly ministry and the beginning of the Church.

    Only Luke records it. (Luke mentions it in his gospel and Acts, i.e. a single attestation and therefore historically untenable). The Ascension ties Jesus' mission to Pentecost and missionary activity of Jesus' followers.

    The Assumption has multiple layers of symbolism, some are related to Mary's special role as "Christ bearer" (theotokos). It does not seem fitting that Mary, the body of Jesus' Virgin-Mother (another biblically based symbol found in Luke 1) would be derived by worms upon her death. Mary's assumption also shows God's positive regard, not only for Christ's male body, but also for female bodies." "

    "In three controversial Wednesday Audiences, Pope John Paul II pointed out that the essential characteristic of heaven, hell or purgatory is that they are states of being of a spirit (angel/demon) or human soul, rather than places, as commonly perceived and represented in human language. This language of place is, according to the Pope, inadequate to describe the realities involved, since it is tied to the temporal order in which this world and we exist. In this he is applying the philosophical categories used by the Church in her theology and saying what St. Thomas Aquinas said long before him."
    http://eternal-word.com/library/PAPALDOC/JP2HEAVN.HTM

    The Vatican quickly embellished this story with a lot CYAP.

    With respect to rising from the dead, we also have this account:

    An added note: As per R.B. Stewart in his introduction to the recent book, The Resurrection of Jesus, Crossan and Wright in Dialogue,

    p.4

    "Reimarus (1774-1778) posits that Jesus became sidetracked by embracing a political position, sought to force God's hand and that he died alone deserted by his disciples. What began as a call for repentance ended up as a misguided attempt to usher in the earthly political kingdom of God. After Jesus' failure and death, his disciples stole his body and declared his resurrection in order to maintain their financial security and ensure themselves some standing."

    p.168. by Ted Peters:

    Even so, asking historical questions is our responsibility. Did Jesus really rise from the tomb? Is it necessary to have been raised from the tomb and to appear to his disciples in order to explain the rise of early church and the transcription of the bible? Crossan answers no, Wright answers, yes. "

    So where are the bones"? As per Professor Crossan's analyses in his many books, the body of Jesus would have ended up in the mass graves of the crucified, eaten by wild dogs, covered with lime in a shallow grave, or under a pile of stones.

    October 25, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
    • ....

      IF IT IS FROM REALITY IT IS BULL SH IT

      October 25, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
    • Reality

      More revelations about the RCC's history and theology problems:

      Only for new members of this blog:

      The Apostles' Creed 2012: (updated by yours truly and based on the studies of historians and theologians of the past 200 years)

      Should I believe in a god whose existence cannot be proven
      and said god if he/she/it exists resides in an unproven,
      human-created, spirit state of bliss called heaven??

      I believe there was a 1st century CE, Jewish, simple,
      preacher-man who was conceived by a Jewish carpenter
      named Joseph living in Nazareth and born of a young Jewish
      girl named Mary. (Some say he was a mamzer.)

      Jesus was summarily crucified for being a temple rabble-rouser by
      the Roman troops in Jerusalem serving under Pontius Pilate,

      He was buried in an unmarked grave and still lies
      a-mouldering in the ground somewhere outside of
      Jerusalem.

      Said Jesus' story was embellished and "mythicized" by
      many semi-fiction writers. A descent into Hell, a bodily resurrection
      and ascension stories were promulgated to compete with the
      Caesar myths. Said stories were so popular that they
      grew into a religion known today as Catholicism/Christianity
      and featuring dark-age, daily wine to blood and bread to body rituals
      called the eucharistic sacrifice of the non-atoning Jesus.

      Amen
      (references used are available upon request)

      October 25, 2012 at 6:42 pm |
    • Mohammad A Dar

      Reality, why recycle garbage when no one cares?

      October 25, 2012 at 8:29 pm |
    • Clyde

      lol, there have always been people in the Church who choose to deny Christianity. Nobody is trying to keep it a secret. And don't you dare lump John Paul II together with them.

      October 25, 2012 at 10:00 pm |
    • Reality

      Only for the new members of this blog:

      AND THE INFAMOUS ANGELIC CONS CONTINUE TO WREAK STUPIDITY UPON THE WORLD

      • Joe Smith had his Moroni. (As does M. Romney)

      • "Latter-day Saints like M. Romney also believe that Michael the Archangel was Adam (the first man) when he was mortal, and Gabriel lived on the earth as Noah."

      • Jehovah Witnesses have their Jesus /Michael the archangel, the first angelic being created by God;

      • Mohammed had his Gabriel (this "tin-kerbell" got around).

      • Jesus and his family had/has Michael, Gabriel, and Satan, the latter being a modern day demon of the demented. (As does BO and his family)(As do Biden and Ryan)

      • The Abraham-Moses myths had their Angel of Death and other "no-namers" to do their dirty work or other assorted duties.

      • Contemporary biblical and religious scholars have relegated these "pretty wingie/horn-blowing thingies" to the myth pile. We should do the same to include deleting all references to them in our religious operating manuals. Doing this will eliminate the prophet/profit/prophecy status of these founders and put them where they belong as simple humans just like the rest of us.

      Some added references to "tink-erbells".

      newadvent.org/cathen/07049c.htm

      "The belief in guardian angels can be traced throughout all antiquity; pagans, like Menander and Plutarch (cf. Euseb., "Praep. Evang.", xii), and Neo-Platonists, like Plotinus, held it. It was also the belief of the Babylonians and As-syrians, as their monuments testify, for a figure of a guardian angel now in the British Museum once decorated an As-syrian palace, and might well serve for a modern representation; while Nabopolassar, father of Nebuchadnezzar the Great, says: "He (Marduk) sent a tutelary deity (cherub) of grace to go at my side; in everything that I did, he made my work to succeed."
      Catholic monks and Dark Age theologians also did their share of hallu-cinating:

      "TUBUAS-A member of the group of angels who were removed from the ranks of officially recognized celestial hierarchy in 745 by a council in Rome under Pope Zachary. He was joined by Uriel, Adimus, Sabaoth, Simiel, and Raguel."

      And tin-ker- bells go way, way back:

      "In Zoroastrianism there are different angel like creatures. For example each person has a guardian angel called Fravashi. They patronize human being and other creatures and also manifest god’s energy. Also, the Amesha Spentas have often been regarded as angels, but they don't convey messages, but are rather emanations of Ahura Mazda ("Wise Lord", God); they appear in an abstract fashion in the religious thought of Zarathustra and then later (during the Achaemenid period of Zoroastrianism) became personalized, associated with an aspect of the divine creation (fire, plants, water...)."

      "The beginnings of the biblical belief in angels must be sought in very early folklore. The gods of the Hitti-tes and Canaanites had their supernatural messengers, and parallels to the Old Testament stories of angels are found in Near Eastern literature. "

      "The 'Magic Papyri' contain many spells to secure just such help and protection of angels. From magic traditions arose the concept of the guardian angel. "

      For added information see the review at:

      en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angel

      October 25, 2012 at 11:51 pm |
    • Keith

      Do you have any intent to go along with the education you are providing? I can write down random facts all day long but if I don't draw any conclusions it is a masturbatory exercise. It seems to me that is what you are up to.

      October 27, 2012 at 11:31 am |
  10. hippypoet

    thats some bs right there...he spoke not from a position of an employee of an organization but rather a person with a belief in a group of people all sharing that belief. his belief told him that the pope was never wrong and he then found out that not to be true and in like manner to anyone in like situation spoke out against it... how is that wrong?

    October 25, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
  11. I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

    Separation of church and state is important in Italy too.

    As it's own separate theocratic state, Italians don't have to worry about their country of Italy having a theocratical branch of government.

    October 25, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
    • Jaimie

      Sent any more scientists to jail today ?

      October 25, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
  12. Bea

    Such a huge mistake to bring idealism into the Vatican. It's way too harsh an environment for it to survive. Why is the Vatican a COUNTRY? Why does the world grant it such phony status?

    October 25, 2012 at 12:56 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      Sorry, my reply is above.

      October 25, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
    • Keith

      It is time to change that I believe. I guess all churches could open their own jails.

      Wouldn't the world be a horrible place if Churches ran it instead of thinking people. Oh Well, we can dream

      October 27, 2012 at 11:34 am |

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