Vatican Butler Just a Scapegoat, Says 'Leaker'

New leaks reveal a Vatican in chaos
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 4, 2012 2:27 AM CDT
In this Monday, April 21, 2008 file photo, Pope Benedict XVI, left, arrives an Italian air force base 19 miles southeast of Rome. On the right is Paolo Gabriele, the pope's butler.   (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)

(Newser) – The Vatican may have arrested the pope's butler, accusing him of being the source of the ongoing leaks of confidential and personal documents to the Italian press, but he is actually just a scapegoat—according to the latest leak of confidential documents, reports MSNBC. The Italian newspaper Il Repubblica wrote yesterday that it received a letter and three other documents—after the butler's arrest—which starkly reveal the Game of Thrones-esque intrigue going on in the Vatican, and Pope Benedict's lack of control over the chaos.

A letter by the apparent leaker said butler Paolo Gabriele was the "usual scapegoat," and that the true purpose of the leaks was to "drive out the real culprits from the Vatican," meaning the pope's personal aide, Georg Gaenswein, and Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the secretary of state. The letter also claimed to have 300 more documents on the way. (Read more Vatican stories.)

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