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article imagePope's butler to stand trial for theft in Vatican scandal

By Paul Iddon     Aug 13, 2012 in World
Pope Benedict's butler and a lay worker are to face trial for the theft of documents from Mr. Benedict which contain information that is damaging to the churches hierarchy as they allege corruption and expose power struggles.
The Star and The Irish Independent state that the butler Paolo Gabriele was arrested last May at the Vatican for grand theft, this charge could land Mr. Gabriele a six year jail sentence if the pontiff doesn't pardon him.
The indictment against him also orders to trial Claudio Sciarpelletti a 48-year-old layman and computer expert who is being charged with aiding Gabriele in publicizing the contents of private Church documents.
Among the "mountain of documents," found in Gabrieles's Vatican apartment was a check for €100,000 donated to the pope form a Spanish Catholic university.
Several of the documents and letters taken by Mr. Gabriele from the Pope's desk were reproduced and published in the book "Sua Santita" (His Holiness) written by Gianluigi Nuzzi.
After a psychological examination of Gabriele during this ongoing investigation it has been revealed that he was unsuited for the tiring job, which saw to him serving the pope meals, helping him dress and attend morning Mass with him along with other assignment resulted in him suffering from "a grave psychological unease characterized by restlessness, tension, anger and frustrations."
Mr. Gabriele's defence seems to be focused around his apparent "desire to act on behalf of his personal ideal of justice." He was quoted as saying to investigators that his actions were "motivated by my deep faith and by the desire that in the church light is shed on everything."
He has also claimed that by stealing this information and revealing it he would be sure that in "seeing evil and corruption everywhere in the Church ... I was sure that a shock, even a media one, would have been healthy to bring the Church back on the right track."
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