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Butler suggested he would be made 'scapegoat' in VatiLeaks

'My conscience is clean'

13 August, 17:37
Butler suggested he would be made 'scapegoat' in VatiLeaks (see related) (ANSA) - Vatican City, August 13 - Pope Benedict XVI's butler Paolo Gabriele hinted long before his indictment that he would be used as a scapegoat in the Vatican leaks case, a court prosecutors' report said Monday. "A scapegoat has been found," the pope's personal secretary, Monsignor Georg Gaenswein, quoted Gabriele as saying two days after he was arrested for the illegal possession of secret Church documents. Gabriele's lawyer has said he acted alone, but Vatican experts and the media have speculated that the butler is a pawn of a power struggle between cardinals, with many suggesting Vatican Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone, the pope's right-hand man, is the intended target.

In the case report, Gaenswein added that Gabriele said his conscience was "clean". The Vatican on Monday announced that Gabriele would be sent to trial for aggravated theft after he was found to possess the illegally obtained Church documents.

Gabriele's arrest on May 25 rocked the Catholic world after months of sensitive Church correspondences surfacing in the Italian media. The Church on Monday announced that Claudio Sciarpelletti, an IT expert who worked at the Holy See, was also indicted for aiding and abetting.

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