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Cover-up by the Vatican?

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The trial of the Pope's butler started today - he's the man who is accused of stealing confidential documents from the Pope's desk and leaking the contents to a journalist who subsequently wrote a book about corruption in the Vatican.

Paolo Gabriele has admitted that he knew taking the documents was wrong but he felt the Holy Spirit was inspiring him to shed light on the problems he saw around him.

So far, so good, but the Vatican judges have refused to admit any evidence from Paolo's defence lawyers, saying they will rely solely on evidence from Vatican Police and the Vatican prosecutor. It's about as blatant a case of denying a person the right to defend himself as I've seen yet. It's a classic cover-up of course - the Vatican is terrified that details of corrupt practices amongst senior Vatican figures will be made public.

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Terry Brown

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Whatever the rights and wrongs of this case, One fact is certain.

20 years ago the Internet was poorly used, and a fact (or rumour) could be hidden, however now information travels so fast that coverup's are a thing of the past, and where once only a few local people knew what happens , now the whole world can know in a very short time.

I seem to remember reading about a certain Roman, who tried to restrict the truth and look what happened. (Clue -- Read about Good Friday)


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