Vatican ‘moles’ say pope’s butler didn’t act alone, vow more leaks

VATICAN CITY — Despite the arrest of Pope Benedict XVI’s butler two weeks ago, leaks of confidential documents continue to dribble out of the Vatican as “moles” vow to continue their action until the pope’s two closest aides are sacked.

The Italian daily La Repubblica on Sunday (June 3) published a short handwritten note by Pope Benedict himself that was leaked from the Vatican. La Repubblica also said it had received two letters by the pope’s personal secretary, Monsignor Georg Gaenswein, but chose not to publish their contents.

In the letter that was published, Benedict was responding to a letter from American Cardinal Raymond Burke, who heads the Vatican equivalent of the Supreme Court, to Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, on the Neocatechumenal Way, a controversial lay movement that has been criticized for its unorthodox liturgical practices. Burke’s letter had evidently been forwarded to the pope himself.

In an accompanying letter, the self-described “moles” said they have “hundreds” of other secret documents in their possession. They also describe the pope’s butler, Paolo Gabriele, as a “scapegoat.”

The letter says that “those who are really responsible” for the “scandal” should be “sacked,” and points the finger at Bertone and Gaenswein, the pope’s closest personal aide. Between the two men, according to the letter, there is an “uncontrolled flow of very confidential documents and acts.”

So far, Gabriele is the only suspect in a Vatican investigation on the document leaks; formal hearings in his case began Monday.

Copyright: For copyright information, please check with the distributor of this item, Universal Uclick.

national

religion

Success! Check your inbox for details. You might also like:

Please enter a valid email address

See all newsletters

Comments
Show Comments

Sign up for email updates from the "Confronting the Caliphate" series.

You have signed up for the "Confronting the Caliphate" series.

Thank you for signing up
You'll receive e-mail when new stories are published in this series.
Most Read National

national

religion

Success! Check your inbox for details.

See all newsletters

To keep reading, please enter your email address.

You’ll also receive from The Washington Post:
  • A free 6-week digital subscription
  • Our daily newsletter in your inbox

Please enter a valid email address

I have read and agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Please indicate agreement.

Thank you.

Check your inbox. We’ve sent an email explaining how to set up an account and activate your free digital subscription.