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Pope's butler arrested as Vatican faces mounting scandal

by The Madeleine Brand Show

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Pope Benedict XVI gestures during his weekly general audience in the Paul VI hall at the Vatican on February 23, 2011. Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images

The butler did it. At least, that's the idea behind why the Pope's butler has been detained.

Since the beginning of the year, a torrent of leaks has streamed out of the Vatican, painting it as a place of conspiracies and corruption.

The recipient of those leaks has been Italian journalist Gianluigi Nuzzi, who has just published a best-selling book in Italy called "His Holiness: The Secret Papers Of Benedict XVI."

A search of the butler's Vatican apartment turned up confidential documents and equipment to copy them.

But many questions remain, such as why a butler would become a whistle-blower, and some speculate that he may have been a pawn in a much deeper network of corruption extending through the Vatican hierarchy.

John Allen, senior correspondent at the National Catholic Reporter, joins the show to discuss the Vatican's recent high profile scandal.


John Allen is a senior correspondent at the National Catholic Reporter.

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