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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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Al94

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Mr Gabriele has told investigators that he stole and leaked the documents because he was appalled by the "evil and corruption" within the Vatican, which he described as "the kingdom of hypocrisy".

The sooner this corrupt "cult" is exposed for what it really is - the better. But the chances are I would say, slim.

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interzone55

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Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition...

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WhiteTruckMan

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A conspiracy theorist's wet dream.

WTM

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Aitchbee

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These unholy revelations at the Vatican remind me of Watergate, when the US President had no other option, but to stand down.

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WhiteTruckMan

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Interesting comparison Aitchbee. But has any pontif in history ever stood down?

WTM

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Aitchbee

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WTM - I must confess it hasn't happened recently ... but was not Watergate 'a first' regarding Richard Nixon's resignation?

[BTW - The Bold/Italic options above this reply box are nowhere to be seen, as well as the 'output box' which usually appears below.]

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interzone55

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WhiteTruckMan I'm not sure there's any process whereby the Pope can stand down - in the past they've normally had foreshortened lifespans

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Woolwell

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WhiteTruckMan

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So if I understand correctly from woolwells link, a pontif can resign or die, but cannot otherwise be removed. But something else struck me, and I shall quote the paragraph in question

Apart from stating that, if the See of Rome is completely impeded, no innovation is to be made in the governance of the universal Church, and that the special laws enacted for these circumstances are to be observed, canon law makes no provision for the eventuality that a Pope is temporarily or permanently incapacitated for reasons of health, an assassination attempt or captivity, nor does it indicate what individual or body or group has the authority to certify that the Pope is totally impeded from exercising his office.

As I see it, if the pope were (hypothetically) to become senile- not an impossibility given the advanced ages that popes tend to be- then he couldn't enact any great changes to the church. Which seems sensible enough. But it also seems to say that no one is qualified to say that any such senility is severe enough to restrict a reigning (is that the term?) pope.

WTM

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interzone55

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Woolwell

Sorry, I'd forgotten about that, but to be fair, it's not happened for the best part of 600 years, and was normally done for reasons of either greed, or under the threat of death

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