Suspicions, doubts linger after pope's butler verdict


Pope Benedict's former butler Paolo Gabriele (C) walks in the court at the Vatican October 6, 2012. REUTERS/Osservatore Romano

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The swift conviction of Pope Benedict's former butler leaves lingering suspicions that he was a pawn in a much larger Vatican intrigue involving infighting in the papal court and alleged corruption at the highest levels of the Roman Catholic Church.

Despite the Vatican's desire to quickly turn the page on one of the worst scandals in its recent history, the trial of Paolo Gabriele for leaking sensitive documents has left many questions unanswered, leading some to call it a whitewash.

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