Pope's Ex-Butler to Stand Trial Over 'VatiLeaks'

Paolo Gabriele currently under house arrest
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 13, 2012 7:36 AM CDT
Pope's Ex-Butler to Stand Trial Over 'VatiLeaks'
In this May, 23, 2012, file photo Pope Benedict XVI delivers his blessing as he arrives at St. Peter's square at the Vatican for a general audience with his personal butler Paolo Gabriele.   (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Pope Benedict's former butler is going on trial over the "VatiLeaks" scandal, per the order of a Vatican judge today. Paolo Gabriele was charged in May with leaking sensitive information about the Vatican, and is currently under house arrest, the BBC reports. Gabriele was one of just a few people with access to the papal apartments, and police found confidential documents at his home. He confessed to taking the papers, his lawyer says, but he claimed to have believed he was acting in the Church's best interests.

Rumors have swirled around Gabriele, with some saying he's actually part of a larger group of whistleblowers headed by a cardinal; others believe he's actually a scapegoat. The AP notes that a conviction could land Gabriele in prison for one to six years ... but that depends "on any possible pardon" from the pope, says a rep for the Vatican. (More Vatican leaks stories.)

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