Pope's Butler: I Betrayed Him
But Paolo Gabriele declares himself innocent of theft charges
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Oct 2, 2012 2:17 PM CDT
Paolo Gabriele sits in the wood-trimmed courtroom of the Vatican tribunal, at the Vatican, Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012.   (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano)

(Newser) – Paolo Gabriele pleaded guilty today—sort of. The pope's former butler said that he was innocent of the aggravated theft charges against him, but added, "I feel guilty of having betrayed the trust of the Holy Father, whom I love as a son would." He said his goal had been to expose "evil and corruption" in the church, the AP reports. Gabriele stood by his confession that he had leaked documents to Italian journalist Gianluigi Nuzzi, and said he had no accomplices.

He said that while he'd photocopied documents for Nuzzi, he'd done it in broad daylight in front of others. The court also heard testimony from other witnesses, including the pope's private secretary, Monsignor Georg Gaenswein. Gabriele stood up in deference to Gaenswein when he arrived and left, but the secretary refused to acknowledge him.

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Oct 3, 2012 8:59 AM CDT
Damn Italian crime syndicates.
Oct 2, 2012 8:51 PM CDT
And this dude is the fall guy for church led corruption and political intrigue. Maybe the Pope in 500 years will pardon him for his blasphemy.....
Oct 2, 2012 8:11 PM CDT
Is religion about forgiving, or power and greed. This shows that there is absoultely no free speech in religion.