It is nice to have a scandal in the Catholic Church that merely involves old-fashioned corruption and money laundering. The best part of the Vatileaks scandal is that it turns out the Butler did it.
Oh, Paolo Gabriele was not responsible for any of the corruption outlined in the expose "His Holiness: The Secret Papers of Benedict XVI". No, Gabriele was the source within the Vatican who exposed all the corruption by sending secret documents from the Pope's desk to investigative journalist Gianluigi Nuzzi. The Vatican never denied the authenticity of the documents but seemed to care more about uncovering the whistle-blower than in fixing the corruption. Now the butler is being imprisoned in the Vatican where he will undergo a farce of a trial under antiquated Church law and faces up to 30 years imprisonment when (not if) he is found guilty.
What I find most interesting is just how oblivious Gabriele was about Vatican culture. In a statement released by his lawyer, Gabriele makes it clear that he didn't accept any money for the documents and only released them because:
I saw evil and corruption everywhere in the Church. I was sure that a shock, perhaps by using the media, could be a healthy thing to bring the Church back on the right track.
Really? What on earth gave you the impression that media exposure of wrongdoing by the Catholic Church would result in them accepting responsibility for their own actions? If the Pope and Cardinals actively followed a policy of hiding systematic child rape and still seek to shift the blame after it has been exposed repeatedly, what makes you think they would be shamed into action by an exposé of mere corruption? Surely once you've rationalised child rape, financial crimes won't register on the shame-radar.