1. So how has been dressing the pope as of last Wednesday when poor Paolo was arrested when he arrived at the Papal Apartment? Not that concerned about who serves him his food or sits with him while he eats. The fours nuns that cook his meals can easily do the serving and Ingrid Stampa, the pope’s right-hand woman, could easily entertain him during his meals. But, as we so graphically learnt after poor John Paul I’s (#264) demise there is this big thing about women in the pope’s bed chamber. So I ask again, who has been helping the pope get dressed. Is there are assistant butler? If so, who is he? Or is Georg Gänswein, the pope’s German film-star secretary, who is getting more and more implicated in this whole unholy scandal, acting as butler too?
2. Why did some Italians, last week, try to make out that Paolo Gabriele, despite his very Italian name, was indeed German, a part of the pope’s German cabal (which includes German educated Padre Federico Lombardi, S.J., the Head of the H.S. Press Office? Never made sense. Were they trying to say that this was a German conspiracy and please leave the poor Italians out of it?
3. It appears that Paolo worked as a butler for John Paul II for some time and then went away. What is the story here?
4. Was the pope briefed prior to Paolo’s arrest? If so, did the pope ask to talk with Paolo before he was rushed down to his cell? Couldn’t/shouldn’t the pope have had a heart-to-heart with this man, who saw him naked for 6 years, and tried to sort out things in private — get the names of the real culprits — and avoid this public spectacle?
5. As I asked earlier this morning, can you see any of this happening during John Paul II’s (#265) reign, even towards the end?
6. Doesn’t this confirm the fears of many that the pope really has got too old?
7. Who appointed the so called lawyers for Paolo? From what I can see they were appointed, unilaterally, by the Vatican. So they are not his lawyers. They are Vatican lawyers appointed to supposedly represent him?
8. Why would Paolo keep incriminating documents in his apartment? He had the perfect safe hiding place — the pope’s study. He had free, unfettered access. He could ferret away documents (in his pants, I assume) but then bring them back. Why would be keep them in his apartment? This smacks so much of a plant, it is laughable, if not for the fact that this poor guy has young children.
9. There have been mentions of a woman involved. Who was she? One of the nuns? I can’t see Stampa collaborating … but has she been considered?
10. How can Lombardi be so sure that there are no cardinals involved (when there are claims that five were questioned) unless, of course, the Vatican has already decided that all cardinals are automatically excluded?
Part II to follow when I have more time. Right now Vesta and Dawn have priority over popes.