Father of ‘VatiLeaks’ suspect hopes son’s testimony will help reform
The father of the pope’s personal assistant, who is under arrest in connection with the so-called “VatiLeaks” scandal, described his son as an honest, faithful Catholic and said he hoped his son’s “sacrifice” would help the church rid itself of corruption.
Paolo Gabriele, the pope’s personal assistant, is a person of “absolute honesty … great generosity and moral integrity,” who is deeply devoted to the church and the pope, Andrea Gabriele said in a letter sent to the Italian television station Tgcom 24.
The letter was published on the broadcaster’s website July 15.
Paolo Gabriele was arrested May 23 after confidential letters and documents addressed to the pope and others within the Vatican administration were allegedly found in his Vatican apartment.
Similar documents had been published in Italian media over the past several months warning of corruption, abuse of power and a lack of financial transparency at the Vatican.
Gabriele was being detained in a security cell on the Vatican grounds on charges of aggravated theft. The 46-year-old father of three is the only person charged so far after a nearly two-month Vatican-led investigation.
“As a father and a Christian, I hope the whole truth comes out to the beneficial advantage of the church,” the detainee’s father wrote.
His son “is personally paying the price of a situation that still isn’t easy to understand,” and won’t be until the motive has been made public, he said.
“I hope above all that this tremendous sacrifice carries spiritual fruit” not only for those in a position of responsibility within the church, but for furthering the repeated desire of Pope Benedict XVI for the “necessary cleaning of the church,” Andrea Gabriele said. [more]