One week ago, Italian journalist and TV star Gianluigi Nuzzi released a book called His Holiness: The Secret Papers of Pope Benedict XVI, which became an instant-best seller in Italy’s bookstors and seriously angered the Holy See. It was a tell-all, delivering the goods on Catholic fiscal impropriety, the covering up of Catholic fiscal impropriety, priestly boyfriends, and the headaches of dealing with the endless rolling scandal that is the American Catholic Church. Notably, the Vatican hasn’t denied the book’s authenticity, though it does claim its publication was illegal.
Nuzzi had been releasing his Catholic dirt and dribs and drabs for a year on his television show, The Untouchables, causing a rising tide of panic in the Vatican. And the information unearthed got weirder and uglier with every episode. By May, his spelunking in the oubliettes of Catholic rumor and secrecy had caused the Italian police to exhume the body of a feared mobster who’d been (for some uncertain reason) buried in the Holy See, right next to the Opus Dei HQ. In the mobster’s tomb, police hoped to find the remains of a 15-year-old named Emanuela Orlandi who went missing three decades ago, perhaps because her dad had some dirt on a Cardinal. (Many bodies were found in the tomb; DNA testing ought to reveal whose they are or aen’t sometime soon.)
Well — when His Holiness came out, His Holiness decided he wasn’t going to stand for Nuzzi’s prying any longer. He bid three of his toughest Opus Dei goons to stop all Vatican leaks immediately. Which they did. The presumed leaker has been identified. He was Pope’s butler and personal attendant, Paolo Gabriele.
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.
Gabriele is being held in a special cell within the Vatican City, a walled enclave within Rome …
Insane headline from the Herald today……..
Butler leaves mess for Vatican to clean up
Ummm, any ‘mess’ that needs to be cleaned up was made by the Vatican and Pope Vader. To distort a story just to get a bad pun in the headline seems sloppy work on the subs part.
LONDONERS ARE WORSE. AND KIWIS IN NZ ARE JUST AS BAD. WHAT THE HELL IS THE HERALD DOING A STORY ON ONE WOWZER IN LONDON WHO SOUNDS LIKE A PEARL CLUTCHING FORMER WELLINGTON HOMO TO ME. THIS IS NOT A FUCKING STORY, GRANNY HERALD – THIS IS HOW KIWIS BEHAVE. WELL, HOW MEN BEHAVE EVERYWHERE.
The antics of some Kiwis on a Waitangi Day pub crawl through London have disgusted a fellow expat, who has complained to the Prime Minister and High Commissioner and says the misbehaviour has shamed New Zealand.
Dylan Clements says he saw Kiwis urinating on footpaths and historic monuments, including Westminster Abbey, as they took part in the annual Waitangi Day Circle Line Pub Crawl on Saturday.
FROM NYC YESTERDAY AFTER THE SUPER BOWL….
HOW STUPID CAN YOU PEOPLE BE. SHE WAS A LADY.STOP CALLING HER A DRAG QUEEN.
TVONE ALSO DESCRIBE HER AS A ‘DRAG QUEEN’. GODS, SHE WAS TRANSGENDERED, IF YOU MUST PUT A NAME ON IT.
She campaigned for hotel bars to be open till midnight or even 2am, the drinking age to be lowered to 18, prostitution to be made legal, homosexual acts to be decriminalised, abortion to be decriminalised and nudity on some beaches.
All these are now legal.
FIRST THEY HAD THEIR ‘ALL WOMEN ARE SLUTS’ STORIES FROM A FEW MONTHS AGO. AND NOW WE GET THE ‘SEX EDUCATION IS WRONG AND DANGEROUS’ MESSAGE. THEY REALLY NEED TO GROW UP AND TREAT READERS AS INTELLIGENT AND STOP THESE TACTICS OF PORTRAYING SEX AS WRONG AND DIRTY AND ONLY BAD CAN COME FROM FUCKING. BECAUSE NONE OF THIS IS TRUE AND IT REALLY IS A SAD, UNINFORMED OUT OF DATE LOOK.
SO HERE IS SOME OF THERE STORY ABOUT THE ‘DANGERS’ OF SEX EDUCATION……………
A pregnant teenager says sex education in schools does not prevent young people from having sex – if anything, it encourages it.
Amber-Leigh Erasmus is due to give birth to her first child on Saturday, a result of having unprotected sex during New Year celebrations.
The Hibiscus Coast 17-year-old lost her virginity at 14, a year after she was taught about sex at school and the fact it was “okay as long as you consented”.
Amber-Leigh said she was brought up with the idea that you should wait until marriage before having sex.
But the things she learned at school made sex seem like a perfectly normal thing to do, so she tried it, using the free flavoured condoms she had been given in class.
“It accustomed me to absolutely everything and it became a normality to me.”