By Associated Press, The Washington Post
VATICAN CITY â€” The Vatican confirmed Saturday that the popeâ€™s butler had been arrested in its embarrassing leaks scandal, adding a Hollywood twist to a sordid tale of power struggles, intrigue and corruption in the highest levels of Catholic Church governance.
Paolo Gabriele, a layman who lives inside Vatican City, was arrested Wednesday with secret documents in his possession and was being held Saturday, the Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi said in a statement.
Gabriele is often seen by Pope Benedict XVIâ€™s side in public, riding in the front seat of his open-air jeep during Wednesday general audiences or shielding the pontiff from the rain. He has been the popeâ€™s personal butler since 2006, one of the few members of the small papal household that also includes the pontiffâ€™s private secretaries and four consecrated women who care for the papal apartment.
Lombardi said Gabriele had two lawyers representing him as the Vatican judicial system takes its investigative course.
The â€œVatileaksâ€ scandal has seriously embarrassed the Vatican at a time in which it is trying to show the world financial community that it has turned a page and shed its reputation as a scandal plagued tax haven.
Vatican documents leaked to the press in recent months have undermined that effort, alleging corruption in Vatican finance as well as internal bickering over the Holy Seeâ€™s efforts to show more transparency in its financial operations. But perhaps most critically, the leaks have seemed aimed at one main goal: to discredit Pope Benedict XVIâ€™s No. 2, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican secretary of state.
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