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Vatican: Pope not resigning over alleged papers leak

 

Pope Benedict XVI’s spokesman has denied the pontiff will resign over the arrest of his butler on suspicion of leaking confidential documents, the Vatican press office said Thursday.

During a Wednesday meeting with journalists to answer questions about the situation, the Rev. Frederico Lombardi said the “hypothesis” advanced by some media outlets that the pope would resign are “baseless creations of some journalists, which have no foundation in reality.”

Butler Paolo Gabriele, 46, was arrested last week and accused of illegal possession of confidential documents. Lombardi said Wednesday that Gabriele has met with his attorneys, “who will probably request monitored surveillance or house arrest for their client.”

Gabriele, one of only a handful of people with access to the pontiff’s private desk, has been charged with aggravated theft for allegedly stealing private documents, Lombardi said earlier. He is suspected of leaking the papers to an Italian journalist.

The Vatican has said confidential documents were found in Gabriele’s apartment in Vatican territory.

But Lombardi said Wednesday that media reports that said packets of documents, prepared for sending to specific people, were found in Gabriele’s home were unfounded. Material found in Gabriele’s possession is being studied and catalogued, he said.

“It seems to me,” Lombardi said, “that there is a line of desire for truth and clarity, a desire for transparency that, although it will take time, continues forward. I thus honestly believe that we are trying to handle this new situation: We are seeking the truth and trying to objectively understand what may have happened.”

The investigation, he said, is still in its preliminary stages. [More]

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2 Comments

  1. Tony says:

    At 85 the Pope may do well to retire and listen to Mozart and write. He deserves a break……….but wait, we have learned to live with him….can you imagine some of the other guys in line?????????

    • Recovering Catholic says:

      Too bad it still has to be a “guy.” A female pope would undoubtedly clean out the rats’ nest.

 
 

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