He is always at the Pope Benedict XVI’s side.

Butler Paolo Gabriele helps the pope dress in the morning and serves him his meals through the day.

But now the pope’s loyal butler is under arrest, accused of betraying the man he serves by leaking embarrassing confidential Vatican documents to the Italian media.

The arrest has stunned the Vatican, a place familiar with intrigue, but not public betrayal by someone so close to Benedict.

“The fact that this came from somebody who was in the papal apartment and a member of the papal family is great cause for a crisis of consciousness,” John Allen of U.S. National Catholic Reporter said.

The embattled pope is said to be deeply “saddened” by the arrest of one of his closest aides.

But many people remain skeptical about the accusations leveled at Gabriele. Few believe he would have had the sophistication to orchestrate a series of leaks that have consumed the Italian media since January.

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