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PostPosted: 23-03-2012 18:34    Post subject: Reply with quote

More questions for Benny to answer. He must dream of the old days when he could have had this troublesome priest locked up and castrated.


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Clerical sex abuse saga clouds papal visit to Mexico and Cuba
http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/world/2012/0323/1224313767897.html
PADDY AGNEW in Rome

Fri, Mar 23, 2012

NOT FOR the first time, 84-year-old Pope Benedict flies out of Rome this morning for an important overseas visit that could yet be troubled by clerical sex abuse polemics.

When details of the six-day pastoral visit to Mexico and Cuba were first released, most Vatican commentators inevitably focused on the political implications of a second papal visit in 14 years to communist Cuba.

Will the pope meet 85-year-old Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro? Will he issue a blanket condemnation of the USA’s 52-year-old economic embargo on the island? Will the Cuban regime led by Raul Castro, brother of Fidel, attempt to exploit the pope’s visit, using it as some sort of government propaganda tool? Or will this visit improve both church-state relations and the status of the island’s seven million Catholics?

Before he gets to Cuba next Monday, however, the pope may be confronted in Mexico with the all-too-familiar problem of clerical sex abuse. At the centre of this polemic is the Catholic order, the Legionaries Of Christ, whose Mexican founder, Fr Marcial Maciel Degollado, was denounced as guilty of “very serious and objectively immoral behaviour” by the Holy See in May 2010.

That denunciation came on the heels of an apostolic visitation to Mexico, which confirmed long-standing media speculation about Fr Maciel, concluding that he had lived a “doppelganger” life in which he not only abused seminarians but had also fathered three children by two different women. In May 2006, the then Cardinal Ratzinger ordered Fr Maciel, who died in 2008, to stop practising his ministry, ordering him to live a “retired life of prayer and penitence”.

On the eve of the pope’s visit to Mexico, the Maciel issue has raised its ugly head thanks to a new book La Voluntad De No Saber (The Will Not To Know) written by former legion member and abuse victim Juan José Barba. He was one of those seminarians who filed a formal complaint to the Congregation For The Doctrine Of The Faith in 1998, then headed by Cardinal Ratzinger, the current pope, alleging they had been sexually abused by Fr Maciel.

Barba now wants to know why eight years passed before Benedict first acted against Maciel and why the Holy See preferred to cover up the scandal rather than listen to the huge body of accusations filed by him and eight other seminarians.

He and other victims have also expressed disappointment at the Vatican’s announcement last week that no meeting between the pope and abuse victims had been scheduled. On previous overseas trips, to Australia, the US, Germany, Malta and the UK, Benedict met abuse victims.

The sex abuse issue may yet overshadow a visit that has been seen by many as an attempt by the “Eurocentric” pope to curry favour in Latin America, home to more than half of the world’s 1.1 billion Catholics.

Sixteen of the pope’s 22 trips have been to Europe, and he stressed his Eurocentric vision for the church again last month when naming 16 Europeans and just one Latin American among 22 new cardinals.
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PostPosted: 23-03-2012 19:59    Post subject: Reply with quote

Perhaps castration should be made a job requirement for anyone who wants to be a Pope?
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PostPosted: 23-03-2012 20:06    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Perhaps castration should be made a job requirement for anyone who wants to be a Pope?


It's not? I always thought that look on Benny's face might be because...

well, nevermind.
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PostPosted: 23-03-2012 21:11    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is a tradition that castration is a disqualification for the papacy. They had that Joan slip past them, you see.

Snopes Message Board examines the rumours that elected Popes must sit on a chair to have their privates inspected. The cry "Testiculos habet et bene pendentes!" does not need much Latin to decode.

Whether Bene. is bene, we shall probably not find out. Cool

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Tedeschi? Isn't that Italian for German? Bella Ciao!

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-18200083

Mr Tedeschi is under investigation for suspected money-laundering
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The director of the Vatican Bank, Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, has been removed from his post for dereliction of duty, the Vatican says.

The bank's board of directors unanimously passed a no-confidence vote in Mr Tedeschi, a statement said.

It said he had failed "to carry out duties of primary importance", but it did not elaborate.

In 2010 Italian police launched an investigation against Mr Tedeschi as part of a money-laundering inquiry.

Members of the board believed Mr Tedeschi's dismissal was needed to "maintain the vitality of the bank", the Vatican statement said.

The board will now look for a new director to restore relations with the international financial community, "based on mutual respect for accepted international banking standards".

Mr Tedeschi declined to comment on his dismissal. He told journalists: "I'd rather say nothing, otherwise I'd say ugly things."

The Vatican Bank, known officially as the Institute for Religious Works (IOR), was created during World War II to administer accounts held by religious orders, cardinals, bishops and priests.

It lost £250m in a scandal involving the collapse of one of Italy's biggest private banks - the Banco Ambrosiano - in 1982, with which it had close ties.

'Misunderstanding'
The Vatican Bank has been headed by Mr Tedeschi, 62, a trained economist, since 2009.

When Mr Tedeschi was placed under investigation in 2010, the Vatican said it was "perplexed and astonished", and expressed full confidence in Mr Tedeschi.

It said the matter was the result of a misunderstanding, and that none of its employees were involved in any wrongdoing.

As part of the inquiry, Italian tax police seized 23m euros ($29m, £18.4m) that the Vatican Bank had tried to transfer from a small Italian bank called Credito Artigianato.

A month later, the Vatican set up a new financial authority to combat money laundering and make its financial operations more transparent, ahead of an EU deadline.
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PostPosted: 25-05-2012 19:19    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Butler did it!

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-18209956

The Pope's butler is one a restricted number of people with access to his personal apartments

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The Vatican says it has detained a person suspected of leaking a series of confidential documents and letters to the media.

Reports citing unnamed sources said he was the Pope's personal butler.

The "Vatileaks" scandal, as it is known, has enraged the Holy See. The leaks have revealed alleged corruption, mismanagement and internal conflicts.

The Vatican said the person detained was being questioned by Vatican magistrates.

Last month, Pope Benedict XVI set up a special commission of cardinals to investigate the leaks.

"The inquiry carried out by Vatican police... allowed them to identify someone in possession of confidential documents," Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi told journalists.

"This person is currently being questioned."

'Poison pen' memos

Italian media have named the arrested man as Paolo Gabriele, a personal butler and assistant to the Pope and one of very few laymen to have access to the Pope's private apartments.

Among the select number who are allowed to enter the Pope's private study include four nuns and two secretaries, as well as the butler.

Italian media reports said that a stash of confidential documents had been discovered at his flat, within the walls of the Vatican.

The news of the arrest comes just a day after the president of the Vatican bank, Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, was ousted by its board.

The official reason for his departure was his failure to fulfil the "primary functions of his office", the Vatican has said.

But, according to reports, he was also suspected of being involved in the leaking of the documents.

Mr Tedeschi said he had been punished for his attempt to make the bank more open.

"I have paid for my transparency," he told Reuters.

Nepotism allegations

The Vatileaks scandal has filled Italian media - dominating the columns of Italian newspapers and filling TV programmes and magazines.

The BBC's David Willey, in Rome, says the leak of a string of highly sensitive internal documents from inside the Vatican's Secretariat of State, including personal letters to Pope Benedict XVI, has been an evident embarrassment to the Pope, prompting the rare investigation.

The leaked documents include a letter to Pope Benedict by the Vatican's current ambassador to Washington alleging cronyism, nepotism and corruption among the administrators of Vatican City.

Others concern "poison pen" memos criticising Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the pope's number two, and the reporting of suspicious payments by the Vatican Bank.

Our correspondent explains that if the person detained is a layman he would be put on trial in Italy, under Italian criminal law.

But if he is a churchman, he could be tried for breaching ecclesiastical law by a Vatican tribunal, though this would be extremely rare.
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PostPosted: 26-05-2012 20:28    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Vatican leak inquiry: Pope's butler charged
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-18219390

Paolo Gabriele (bottom left) is one of a select few lay people with access to the papal apartments

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The Pope's butler has been charged in connection with the Vatican's inquiry into a series of media leaks.

Vatican magistrates have named 46-year-old Paolo Gabriele as the suspect in their investigation, saying he illegally took confidential documents.

A series of leaks, dubbed Vatileaks, has revealed alleged corruption, mismanagement and internal conflicts.

Last month, Pope Benedict XVI set up a special commission of cardinals to find the source of the confidential memos.

Mr Gabriele is the pope's personal butler and assistant and one of very few laymen to have access to the Pope's private apartments.

Documents found

He lives with his wife and three children in an apartment within the Vatican walls, where Italian media report that a stash of confidential documents had been discovered.

"I confirm that the person detained on Wednesday for illegal possession of private documents is Mr Paolo Gabriele, who remains in detention," the spokesman for the Holy See, Father Federico Lombardi said, according to Italy's state broadcaster, Rai.

The Vatican's judge, Piero Antonio Bonnet, has been instructed to examine the evidence of the case and to decide whether there is sufficient material to proceed to trial.

Mr Gabriele has nominated two lawyers capable of representing him at a Vatican tribunal, and has met with them.

He would, the Vatican has said, have "all the juridical guarantees foreseen by the criminal code of the State of Vatican City".

As the Vatican has no jail, Mr Gabriele is being held in one of the three so-called "secure rooms" in the offices of the Vatican's tiny police force inside the walled city-state, Reuters reports.

If convicted, he could face a sentence of up to 30 years for illegal possession of documents of a head of state, probably to be served in an Italian prison due to an agreement between Italy and the Vatican, Italian media report.

The Vatileaks scandal has filled Italian media - dominating the columns of Italian newspapers and filling TV programmes and magazines.

'Poison pen' memos

The detention comes during one of the most tumultuous weeks in recent history for the Vatican.


Mr Gabriele had worked as the Pope's personal valet since 2006
Last week a book, entitled His Holiness, was published by an Italian journalist with reproductions of confidential letters and memos between the pope and his personal secretary.

The Vatican called the book "criminal" and vowed to take legal action against the author, publisher, and whoever leaked the documents.

Last Thursday, the president of the Vatican bank - Ettore Gotti Tedeschi - was ousted by the bank's board.

Sources close to the investigation said he too had been found to have leaked documents, though the official reason for his departure was that he had failed to do his job.

Mr Tedeschi himself said the move had been a punishment for his attempt to make the bank more open.

The BBC's David Willey, in Rome, says the leak of a string of highly sensitive internal documents from inside the Vatican's Secretariat of State, including personal letters to Pope Benedict XVI, has been an evident embarrassment to the Pope, prompting the rare investigation.

The leaked documents include a letter to Pope Benedict by the Vatican's current ambassador to Washington alleging cronyism, nepotism and corruption among the administrators of Vatican City.

Others concern "poison pen" memos criticising Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the pope's number two, and the reporting of suspicious payments by the Vatican Bank.
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Holy See remains in crisis following ousting of Vatican bank president
http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/world/2012/0528/1224316805973.html
PADDY AGNEW in Rome

Mon, May 28, 2012

THREE DAYS after the sensational arrest of Pope Benedict’s butler, Paolo Gabriele, and four days after the dismissal of Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, president of Vatican bank IOR, the Holy See remains in crisis.

In a climate that smells of a witch hunt, further arrests are predicted as Vatican police attempt to solve “Vatileaks”, the leaking of private documentation from the papal apartment.

In an audience with the Renewal in the Holy Spirit movement on Saturday, Pope Benedict appeared to make reference to the current difficulty when quoting St Matthew: “And the rain descended and the floods came and the winds blew and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.”

With the ex-butler Mr Gabriele still in detention (in a Vatican gendarmerie holding room, since there is no Vatican prison), those winds continue to blow. Furthermore, as the international clamour makes itself more manifest, there were all the indications powerful figures in the Holy See were busily engaged in a Stalinist-style rewrite of history.

Firstly, a number of Holy See commentators have tried to suggest there is no link between the dismissal of the IOR president on Thursday and the arrest on Friday of the butler, accused of having stolen documents from the papal apartment. Yet one of the accusations levelled against Gotti Tedeschi on Thursday concerned his inability to explain “the dissemination of documents last known to be in the president’s possession”.

Secondly, various Italian media sources yesterday carried reports of the internal IOR memo drawn up after that Thursday meeting by board member Carl Anderson, supreme knight of the Knights of Columbus. In it, the sacked president, hitherto hailed as a radical reformer, is portrayed as erratic, uninformed, inaccurate, imprudent and someone who did not bother attending board meetings.

Did it really take the IOR board three years to discover Gotti Tedeschi was an idiot, or is it possible that someone, Stalinist-style, is trying to wipe him out of the IOR family album?

The Thursday memo accuses Gotti Tedeschi of “increasingly erratic” behaviour. Is that true, or was the real “erratic” nature of his behaviour his attempt to impose international, anti-money laundering norms at IOR?
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Leaks and power plays in Vatican City
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-18293371
By David Willey
BBC News, Rome

A book reproducing the private correspondence of Pope Benedict XVI has angered the Vatican and forms part of a series of leaks revealing allegations of corruption and internal conflicts.

Pope Benedict complained bitterly at his latest general audience about the international media. He said they had unfairly latched on to the admittedly very unusual story of the arrest of his butler, to distort the truth about recent goings-on at the Catholic Church's power centre here in Rome.

Yet he looked saddened and understandably angry about this invasion of his privacy in his own home on the top floor of the Apostolic Palace.

Every day, the Italian media give their latest versions about what they call the "Vatileaks" crisis which has been headline news.

The unfortunate butler in whose grace-and-favour home, just inside the walls of the Vatican, police found a stash of confidential documents from the Pope's private office has been held incommunicado since his arrest.


Butler Paolo Gabriele (bottom left) has pledged "full co-operation" with the investigation
The unanswered question is: for whose benefit did he acquire this mass of correspondence, some of it quite recent.

During the pontificate of the late Pope John Paul II, we now know that some Polish prelates working inside the Vatican were passing confidential internal documents to Moscow via Warsaw.

The Vatican has always been targeted by spies - as we also know from the memoirs of the British Ambassador to the Holy See during World War II. The ambassador lived inside Vatican territory during the German occupation of Rome.

But the latest outbreak of whistleblowing, and spying inside the Vatican is on a scale without precedent in living memory.

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The "moles" which have been burrowing into the Vatican's contemporary archives and the personal papers of the Pope - the Italians also call them "corvi" or "crows" - seem intent not so much on discrediting the Pope himself, but rather his number two, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone.

Reading between the lines, we have an image of an organisation with little internal cohesion, and some very frustrated personal egos.

Vatileaks is quite different from Wikileaks because we are dealing here with hard copy, actual letters, not e-mails or electronic records.

Although the Vatican is fully computerised and has its own secure mobile phone network, the Pope himself does not work in front of a computer screen.


Nuzzi's book contains correspondence leaked from several sources
He writes by hand, minuting correspondence he has seen with a letter "B" followed by the Roman numeral "XVI".

What emerges from the photocopies of Papal correspondence published in Gianluigi Nuzzi's book is that when the Pope receives letters they are often handed direct to his secretary by intermediaries. They do not necessarily arrive in his office through the Vatican mails.

Mr Nuzzi writes in his book that his Vatileaks come from at least three separate sources inside the Vatican.

So narrowing the seach for the "moles" or the "crows'" should not prove an insuperable task for investigators.

The very small number of employees holding positions of confidence within the headquarters of the Catholic Church makes any comparison with the government of a normal state, say the Italian state, quite meaningless.

The Vatican City State has a tiny resident population of fewer than 1,000 cardinals, bishops and monsignori and their staff, sleeping inside its walls when the gates close every night shortly after 11pm.

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During the day, several thousand other Vatican employees come in and out of Vatican territory, the most senior of them parking their cars in the imposing Belvedere courtyard.

An interesting clue to the tectonic power shifts inside the Vatican, which continue as the Ratzinger papacy enters its eighth year, comes from an Italian blogger quoting an anonymous senior cardinal.

While the American cardinals and bishops declare war on President Obama over questions of religious freedom and the right to life, this cardinal says, inside the Vatican the cardinals are at war with each other.


The Vatican has denied any cardinals are involved in the leaks
At a private birthday lunch Pope Benedict was overheard to remark: "These Italians, why are they always disturbing the Pope with their Italian quarrels?"

The College of Cardinals which will elect Pope Benedict's successor was skewed unfairly towards Italians when the last bunch of red-hat promotions were announced.

Italians still hold an undue proportion of votes and influence in a Church which is increasingly seen to be shifting south - away from its former Eurocentric mould.

The Pope intends to redress this imbalance by bringing more foreigners into Church governance, and increase the chances that when the white smoke goes up again to announce his successor, yet another non-Italian Pope might appear on the balcony of Saint Peter's to the acclaim of the faithful.

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The Vatican has sharply criticised a book written by a US nun and theologian on sexual ethics.

The Holy See's orthodoxy office said the 2005 book, Just Love, by Sister Margaret Farley posed "grave harm" to the faithful.

It said her ideas on masturbation, homosexual acts, homosexual unions and remarriage were in "direct contradiction" with Catholic teaching.

Sister Farley said her ideas were coherent with theological tradition.

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican's doctrinal department, said her writings revealed a "defective understanding of the objective nature of natural moral law" and were "in direct contradiction with Catholic teaching in the field of sexual morality".

The notification was signed by department head Cardinal William Levada and approved by Pope Benedict XVI.

The Vatican has also banned the use of the book by Catholic teachers.

The move came after a Vatican report criticised the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, whose 1,500 members represent some 80% of about 57,000 American nuns, saying that they were becoming feminist and politicised, promoting radical ideas and challenging bishops.

'Criteria of justice'

In her book, Sister Farley writes that "same-sex oriented persons as well as their activities can and should be respected".

The Vatican statement said that homosexual acts are "intrinsically disordered" and "contrary to the natural law".

She also advocates homosexual marriage as a means of reducing hatred and stigmatisation of gay people.

But the Catholic Church believes that marriage can only be the union of a man and a woman.

In a statement on Monday, Sister Farley said she had aimed to propose a framework for sexual ethics that "uses a criteria of justice" in evaluating sexual relations.

"The fact that Christians (and others) have achieved new knowledge and deeper understanding of human embodiment and sexuality seems to require that we at least examine the possibility of development in sexual ethics," she said.

Sister Farley has received 11 honorary degrees over her lifetime, is a past president of the Society of Christian Ethics and the Catholic Theological Society of America.

A member of the Sisters of Mercy and professor emeritus of Christian ethics at Yale University, Margaret Farley won an award for her volume in 2008.
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'Catholic teaching' isn't necessarily the same as 'the teachings of Jesus'. Smile
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Maybe she should have just nailed it to the door of the cathedral.

Might have added to Sunday attendances, if nothing else.
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http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2012/0605/breaking39.html
Tue, Jun 05, 2012

A prosecutor began interrogating Pope Benedict's butler today to decide if he should stand trial in what would be one of the most sensational court cases ever in the Vatican.

Prosecutor Piero Antonio Bonnet questioned Paolo Gabriele in the presence of his two lawyers and Nicola Piccardi, another Vatican judicial official known as the "promoter of justice".

Mr Bonnet must now decide whether there is enough evidence to order Mr Gabriele, who was arrested on May 23rd after Vatican police found a large number of confidential papal documents in his Vatican apartment, to stand trial on charges of aggravated theft.

Mr Gabriele (46) who has dual Vatican and Italian citizenship, was arrested as part of a Vatican investigation into what is known as the "Vatileaks" scandal, in which sensitive papal documents were leaked to Italian media.

Many Vatican insiders believe the butler, who served the pope his meals, helped him dress and rode in the front seat of the popemobile, could not have acted alone and may be a pawn in a much wider power struggle between cardinals.

The leaks scandal began in January and came to a head last month when, in the space of a few days, the head of the Vatican bank was abruptly dismissed, Gabriele was arrested and a book containing a trove of private Vatican correspondence was published.

The leaked documents allege corruption in the Vatican's business dealings with Italian companies, which were paid inflated prices for work in the Vatican, rivalries among cardinals and clashes over the management of the Vatican's bank, the IOR.

Mr Gabriele could be held for up to 100 days in pre-trial custody, said Vatican judge Paolo Papanti Pelletier, who is not involved in the leaks case at this stage.

Aggravated theft carries a jail sentence of up to six years, but other offences, such as revealing state secrets, could be added to the list of charges during the investigation, the judge told reporters.

Vatican investigators and a commission of cardinals have been hunting for other informants, but spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said Mr Gabriele remained the only person under investigation so far.
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Its all the media's fault.

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By Philip PullellaPosted 2012/06/18 at 11:17 am EDT

VATICAN CITY, June 18, 2012 (Reuters) — The Vatican's number 2 accused the media on Monday of trying "to imitate Dan Brown" in their coverage of the VatiLeaks scandal and said the Roman Catholic Church's latest travails were part of the Devil's attempt to destabilize it.

The interview with Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, who ranks second only to Pope Benedict in the Vatican's hierarchy, was the latest attempt at damage control by senior Vatican officials since the leaks scandal began in January.

In a rare interview with the Italian Catholic magazine Famiglia Cristiana, Bertone, the Vatican's secretary of state, accused the media of "intentionally ignoring" the good things the Church does while dwelling on scandals.

"Many journalists are playing the game of trying to imitate Dan Brown," said Bertone, referring to the best-selling author of novels such as "The Da Vinci Code" and "Angels and Demons".

"They (journalists) continue to invent fairytales and repeat legends," he said.

The scandal involves the leak of sensitive documents, including letters written to Pope Benedict whose butler, Paolo Gabriel, was arrested last month after a large number of stolen documents were found in his home.

Bertone said the media were full of "pettiness and lies spread in these days," adding that "outside Italy people have a hard time trying to understand the vehemence of some Italian newspapers".

He said the Church was "an unequivocal reference point for countless people and institutions around the world" and added: "This is why there is an attempt to destabilize it".

THE DEVIL MADE THEM DO IT

Bertone branded as false the image of the Vatican as a place of intrigue and power struggles, saying: "The truth is that there is an attempt to sow division that comes from the Devil".

At a briefing with the Vatican's chief spokesman, Father Federico Lombardi, an Italian reporter contested Bertone's portrayal of the media, telling him that the leaks scandal started with a letter in which an archbishop complained to the pope about corruption in the Vatican.

Several leaked documents allege corruption in the Vatican's business dealings with Italian companies that were paid inflated prices for work in the Vatican, rivalries among cardinals, and clashes over the management of the Vatican bank.

Lombardi said that while he did not want to make "generalized condemnations", he believed that some of the coverage of the Vatican was "not founded on objectivity".

Earlier this month Lombardi acknowledged that it would take time to restore trust within the walls of the Vatican and to heal the damage to the Church's reputation caused by the leaks scandal and the subsequent arrest of the pope's butler.

Gabriele was arrested on May 23 and has been interrogated several times by a Vatican magistrate who must decide whether he should stand trial on charges of aggravated theft.

Bertone said no cardinals were suspected of involvement in the leaks scandal.

He also denied allegations by Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, the former head of the Vatican bank, that he was ousted because he wanted the bank, officially known as the Institute for Works of Religion (IOR), to be more transparent.

Bertone repeated the Vatican's position that Gotti Tedeschi left after a no-confidence vote by the bank's board because he was a divisive and inefficient manager.

Next month, MONEYVAL, the Council of Europe's monitoring mechanism on money laundering and terrorism financing, will discuss a draft report on whether the Vatican, a sovereign city state surrounded by Rome, is complying with international standards.

The MONEYVAL rating and recommendations are used by other organizations, such as the OECD, which refers to it when deciding whether to place states on its so-called white list - a clean bill of health which could help the Vatican move on from a spate of scandals over the last 30 years.

Bertone said the bank had been much maligned and that its board was working "to recover the esteem it deserves at the international level".

(Editing by Robin Pomeroy)
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The Pope's butler has been released from custody and moved to house arrest.

The Vatican said that Paolo Gabriele will remain under house arrest pending a decision on whether he should stand trial for leaking confidential papers to the media.

He was charged in May after a series of leaks exposed alleged corruption and internal conflicts at the Holy See.

Mr Gabriele's lawyer Carlo Fusco said his client had operated on his own in an "act of love" toward the Pope.

The so-called "Vatileaks" scandal saw an Italian investigative journalist publish hundreds of secret documents detailing fraud scandals, nepotism and cronyism within the Holy See.

'Acted alone'

Italian media reported in May that a stash of confidential documents had been found in the apartment Mr Gabriele shares with his wife and three children inside the Vatican.

"There are definitely no networks, no internal or external plots in which Paolo was involved. His motivations were all internal," AFP news agency reported Mr Fusco as saying.

"He wanted the Church to be more alive. He had an idea to help a situation."

The Vatican's judge, Piero Antonio Bonnet, has been instructed to examine the evidence of the case and to decide whether there is sufficient material to proceed to trial.

Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said a magistrate would decide whether to proceed by early August.

Italian media reported that if convicted, Mr Gabriele could face a sentence of up to 30 years for illegal possession of documents of a head of state, probably to be served in an Italian prison due to an agreement between Italy and the Vatican.
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