It’s a Boy! Vatican Leak Trial Takes Surreal Turn With Birth

It’s a Boy! Vatican Leak Trial Takes Surreal Turn With Birth

[He’s innocent of the crime but guilty of original sin]

VATICAN CITY — Jun 14, 2016

The Vatican’s criminal trial over leaked documents took a complicated but expected turn Tuesday with the birth of a baby named Pietro.

Francesca Chaouqui, a flamboyant public relations expert and member of a papal reform commission, gave birth just as the trial in which she is a defendant resumed.

The Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, announced the birth with a “Benvenuto!” (Welcome!) and sent his best wishes for the arrival of the 3.7-kilo (8.16-pound) baby boy.

The Vatican has accused Chaouqui as well as a Vatican monsignor and his assistant of leaking confidential documents exposing Vatican greed and mismanagement to two journalists. The journalists are also on trial, accused of breaking Vatican law by publishing confidential information.

They all face up to eight years in prison. Chaouqui has said that if convicted, she would refuse a papal pardon and raise her son behind bars, becoming something of a martyr for Francis’ reform effort and courtroom drama that has played out for the past six months.

It remains to be seen if the Vatican would incarcerate a new mother and child named after the apostle Peter.

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4 comments on “It’s a Boy! Vatican Leak Trial Takes Surreal Turn With Birth

  1. Congrats, Francesca and Corrado!



    www.ibtimes.co.uk/vatican-leaks-trial-engulfed-by-bizarre-sex-silvio-berlusconi-blackmail-secret-services-claims-1531294

    The 54-year-old [Fr. Balda] said he was seduced by the PR agent – 23 years his junior – in December 2014. After that encounter, believing she was a spy and fearing a possible scandal, he felt compelled to act as she pleased.

    “I was ashamed of what I had done with Francesca and I thought of a scandal when I passed the documents, if it came out. My God,” he said. “She told me she belonged to the Italian secret services and that her union with Corrado Lanino [Chaouqui’s husband] was a front. She sent me pictures of Corrado with another woman, his real wife.”

    Chaouqui and her husband of 11 years, from whom she is expecting a child, denied the accusation flat, additionally suggesting Balda is homosexual. “I am ready to sue his lawyer for defamation,” Chaouqui said. “Because of how he is, Balda wouldn’t have enjoyed sleeping with me and if I were to cheat on my husband I wouldn’t go with an old priest that doesn’t like women.”

    “At the trial he had better take all this back, or I will leave him in his underpants,” she added. Meanwhile she was placed under investigation by Italian authorities for having allegedly used her insider knowledge of Vatican affairs to blackmail former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi and his brother Paolo.

  2. Almost as charming and heartwarming as “Father Knows Best” and “Mr Rogers,” isn’t it?

    Oh, wait… this is taking place in ITALY, a la Bergoglio?

    (Nevermind…)

  3. Chaouqui has said that if convicted, she would refuse a papal pardon and raise her son behind bars



    Don’t cry for me, Jorge!

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