Judge Orders Pope’s Butler and Secretary of State to Stand Trial Vatican Scandal
A Vatican judge on Monday ordered the pope’s butler and a fellow lay employee is being ordered by a Vatican judge to stand trial for the alleged pilfering of documents from Pope Benedict XVI’s private apartment. This scandal has brought about embarrassment that exposed power struggles and purported corruption at the Holy See’s highest levels.
The butler, Paolo Gabriele, was arrested at the Vatican in May on a grand theft charge that could have him face six years in jail. It has been stated the pope could pardon his former butler after any conviction.