FYI: it took every ounce of my self-discipline to not type the headline: The Butler Did It.
CNN’s Barbie Nadeau reports that Italian police nabbed the butler earlier this week:
Paolo Gabriele, 46, was arrested Wednesday for illegal possession of confidential documents, found in his apartment in Vatican territory, the Vatican said in a statement Saturday. Gabriele, who has worked as the papal butler since 2006, is one of only a handful of people with access to the pontiff’s private desk.
The head of the Catholic Church must keep a lot neater desk than I do; nobody’s finding anything in my mess. Of course, I guess that’s the upside of having a butler. How do you say Catch-22 in Italian?
This story upsets me greatly. Stealing from the Pope? I haven’t felt this betrayed by the betrayal of someone I don’t know since Nina Meyers turned out to be the mole at CTU in the first season of 24. Jack Bauer just never recovered from that.
Hopefully, Pope Benedict will.
How great would it be to sit in on the Pope’s hearing Paolo Gabriele’s confession?
Paolo: Forgive me Father for I have sinned. It’s been one month since my last confession.
Pope: What are your sins? (Note: it has been 20 years since my last confession, so forgive me for butchering the lingo.)
Paolo: I took confidential documents from my employer’s desk.
Pope: I ain’t through with you by damn sight. I’m gonna get medieval on your ass.
Yeah, that would be awesome.
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