Last weekend, I highlighted the return of the Vatileaks story, as ex-Papal butler Paolo Gabriele (one of fewer than ten men with access to the Pontiff’s personal elevator) went on trial for stealing documents from his boss and leaking them to a journalist. A quick week later, Gabriele has been sentenced to 18 months in prison. A closing thought on the Sistine Bradley Manning: It doesn’t seem quite fair that this trial took place in a Vatican Court. When the Court’s highest authority is the Pope, and the Pope is mad that his butler stole damning documents and leaked them all over the place, what exactly is supposed to happen to the butler. Talk about home field advantage.
Simon van Zuylen-Wood is a writer for Philadelphia Magazine.