There is an extraordinary rumour going the rounds about the Vatileaks scandal. Normally, this column floats high above such mundane concerns; normally, also, we prefer to check our facts out. But since no one in the Vatican is going to say anything in public about such matters, I think it's best to flag it up.
The story goes that Paolo Gabriele, the last pope's butler, who was tried, was found guilty and served a couple of months in the Vatican's jail for the theft of incriminating documents, never meant to pass them on to the press. In the atmosphere of the Vatican, that would have been unthinkable. He was collecting the confidential documents to protect his own position and perks in case he fell out of favour with Georg Gänswein, his immediate superior.TAGGED: Paolo Gabriele
, Pope Benedict XVI