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Gabriele pardoned

Communiqué of the Holy See Press Office:


This morning the Holy Father Benedict XVI visited Paolo Gabriele in prison in order to confirm his forgiveness and to inform him personally of his acceptance of Mr Gabriele's request for pardon, thereby remitting the sentence passed against the latter. This constitutes a paternal gesture towards a person with whom the Pope shared a relationship of daily familiarity for many years.


Mr Gabriele was subsequently released from prison and has returned home. Since he cannot resume his previous occupation or continue to live in Vatican City, the Holy See, trusting in his sincere repentance, wishes to offer him the possibility of returning to a serene family life.

15 comments:

Whats Up! said...

This is a charitable gesture.

Maybe the Holy Father can pardon the FSSPX?
Oh,
I forgot, they are traditionalists.

Mea Culpa.

Paul said...

Perhaps over Christmas, whatsup, you may also find charity in your heart and give up your bitterness.

May we all have the grace to forgive those who betray us, annoy us or otherwise make our lives difficult.

CaritasVincitOmnia said...

The Pope visited him, "to inform him personally of his acceptance of Mr Gabriele's request for pardon."

When the FSSPX make such a request, which is always a prerequisite of forgiveness, I have no doubt the Pontiff will respond in kind.

a sinner who needs charity said...

When it comes to forgiving people who have scandalized you, who bear false witness against you, who have betrayed you and who have slandered you I wish I could be as good a Catholic as the Holy Father.

JMJ Ora Pro Nobis said...

I knew this was coming, I will not mistake a failure in justice for an act of mercy. Perhaps he did sincerely repent, who can say? But that doesn't mean he shouldn't be punished any more than any other sincerely repentant prisoner

Hidden One said...

The Pope pardoned a repentant man. Good! :-)

PEH said...

Caution: the FSSPX situation is quite different from Gabriele's in that the FSSPX has not had a Trial and sentence from the Roman Rota. Would that were the case so that the FSSPX could defend itself against charges of being "not in full communion and consecrating bishops without a papal mandate" in a state of necessity. The Modernists do not want such jurisprudence to occur because they know their full hatred of Tradition will be exposed.

Tom said...

There are at least two things that you can count on from certain folks within the Traditionalist Movement:

1. Anything that the Holy Father does will be attacked.

2. No matter what the topic, the focus will be shifted to the Society.

No wonder so many bishops and priests do not want any part of the Traditionalist Movement.

I am certain that non-Trads — Cardinals, bishops, priests — read Rorate and Traditionalist-related blogs.

Said Churchmen must come away from such blogs confirmed in their negative assessments of the Traditionalist Movement.

Attack the Holy Father...spin the topic toward the Society.

Good job embittered Traditionalists. Make sure that you continue to discredit the movement.

Tom

Benedicta said...

I have to admit it's more than I could have done. And I also know I have a lot to be forgiven (and have been forgiven).

Patrick said...

Granting the decidedly Christian aspect of forgiveness it must also be said that locking away the butler would have cast a decidedly Borgia/Medici sheen over this Supreme Pontiff's reign, something that I expect at least the PR specialists in the Vatican counseled against. I for one can think of many cardinals and bishops who richly deserve to be in chains in the Castel Sant'Angelo for extended refection and dieting.

Fidus et Audax said...

Good thing he acted alone. I know nobody else at the Vatican would dare be involved in such a scheme.

Truth Seeker said...

"No wonder so many bishops and priests do not want any part of the Traditionalist Movement."

Tom, what are your criteria for who is and who is not a member of the Traditionalist Movement--or even the definition of the Traditionalist Movement?

Miles Dei said...

I see the notice in other way:

The Pope forgive Gabriele a few days after he recieved in audience the three cardinals commisioned for this matter.

And the informatic?

Whats Up! said...

And a Merry Christmas to you Tom.

I was making a joke.

There was [is] no bitterness at all.

I love our Holy Father, and I pray that justice is brought to all who seek it.

God bless you.

PEH said...

Attack the Holy Father...spin the topic toward the Society.

Good job embittered Traditionalists. Make sure that you continue to discredit the movement.

Tom

What a nice, kind post, Tom! Your anger towards us shows through in your attempt to set things straight as you see them. Nevertheless, I hope you had a Blessed Christmas and will have a joyful New Year.