Thursday, October 25, 2012

Vatican racks up a W

Paolo Gabriele, the former butler to Pope Benedict XVI who admitted stealing papal documents and was given an 18-month prison sentence, will be incarcerated at the Vatican police station, the BBC reports.

The Vatican authorities were worried, our correspondent says, that if he were to be moved into an Italian prison he might be subject to pressure to reveal secrets which might cause further embarrassment to the Pope.

Score one for the Vatican, which has managed in this instance to convince the civil authorities who might otherwise have had jurisdiction over both crime and punishment that, well, the Vatican possesses a more august authority.

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