Ex-butler says he's innocent of theft but guilty of betraying Pope's trust
VATICAN CITY (AFP) - Pope Benedict XVI's former butler Paolo Gabriele told his Vatican trial for theft on Tuesday that he felt innocent of the charge but guilty of abusing the trust of a pope whom he loved like a father.
Gabriele also said he believed the pope was being "manipulated" and said he had acted alone in copying confidential Vatican documents, but that he had "many contacts" in the Vatican where he says there was "widespread unease".
Gabriele, who is now under house arrest, is accused of leaking hundreds of memos that reported fraud and intrigue among senior Vatican figures.
His testimony on Tuesday was the first time that he had publicly spoken on the matter since his arrest in May this year and his 53-day detention in a Vatican security cell.