Vatican scandal: Pope wounded by Gabriele`s betrayal

Last Updated: Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - 23:53

Zeenews Bureau

Vatican City: In a major disclosure in one of the Vatican`s biggest scandals in decades, the Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi on Tuesday said “Pope Benedict XVI feels betrayed by his butler, who was arrested during an investigation into Vatican whistle blowers, and is determined to root moles out.”

Leading Italian newspapers had reported on Monday that the pope`s butler was arrested three days ago for allegedly feeding documents to Italian journalists and was he was not involved alone in this act, and that an unidentified cardinal is suspected of playing a major role in the scandal.

Lombardi further said in a press conference that "The pope is a witness to a case which touches him closely. It is a trial for him. He is suffering but also desires to understand, shed light on the matter, and discover the truth."
"He is particularly hurt with regard to one person, Paolo Gabriele, who he was close to, who he knew, loved and respected," Lombardi said in reference to Benedict`s butler.

Meanwhile, the lawyer for the pope`s butler says his client has pledged "full cooperation" in the investigation and wants the truth to come out.

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First Published: Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - 23:51

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