Report: Gay sex network real reason for Pope's abdication
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Report: Gay sex network real reason for Pope's abdication

Rome : Italy | Feb 22, 2013 at 12:41 PM PST
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La Repubblica is Italy’s second largest newspaper. As such, it is considered highly credible. LaRepubblica has revealed the existence of an internal Vatican investigation and report that alleges that Pope Benedict XVI’s abdication has little or nothing to do with his failing health. Rather, the report details the discovery of a network of gay prelates within the Vatican, some of whom were being blackmailed by outsiders.

The pope's spokesman has declined to confirm or deny the investigation or the report.

The paper said that after reading the report, the pope decided then and there that he would resign. December 17 is the day he received the dossier. It had been put together by three cardinals who had earlier been tasked to investigate the so-called "Vatileaks" affair.

Recall that it was in May of 2012 that papal butler Paolo Gabriele was arrested and charged with stealing and leaking papal correspondence that purportedly showed the Vatican as a center of infighting, subterfuge and illicit sexual activities.

According to La Repubblica, after reading the report, the "two volumes of almost 300 pages – bound in red" were placed in a safe in the papal apartments. The instructions from the pope himself were that the volumes were to be given directly to his successor.

The newspaper said the cardinals’ report described a number of factions, including one whose sole reason for existence was that its members were "united by sexual orientation."

La Repubblica also said Vatican officials were being pressured via "external influence" from laymen. The connections here were of, according to the paper, a "worldly nature."

The paper got specific. It quoted a source "very close to those who wrote [the cardinal's report]" as saying: "Everything revolves around the non-observance of the sixth and seventh commandments."

In the Roman Catholic Church, the seventh commandment prohibits theft and the sixth forbids adultery, which in terms of Catholic doctrine, includes homosexual activity.

La Repubblica said the cardinals' report identified a number of clandestine meeting places in and around Rome:

1) a villa outside the Italian capital;

2) a sauna in a Rome suburb;

3) a beauty parlor in the city’s center; and

4) a former university residence that was in use by a provincial Italian archbishop

Father Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman, said: "Neither the cardinals' commission nor I will make comments to confirm or deny the things that are said about this matter. Let each one assume his or her own responsibilities. We shall not be following up on the observations that are made about this."

Actually, another Italian daily newspaper, Corriere della Sera, mentioned the dossier immediately following the pope’s announced resignation Feb. 11 That paper’s only conclusion about the report, though, was that the report’s contents were "disturbing".

The three-man commission of inquiry into the Vatileaks affair was headed by a Spanish cardinal, Julián Herranz. He was assisted by Cardinal Salvatore De Giorgi, a former archbishop of Palermo, and the Slovak cardinal Jozef Tomko, who once headed the Vatican's department for missionaries.

Interestingly, since the announcement of his resignation, Pope Benedict has twice referred to undisclosed “machinations” within the Vatican which could or would "mar the face of the church.” He has also decried what he calls "the temptations of power."

La Repubblica's report of sexual and financial shenanigans and intrigue at the Vatican is not particularly new news. A network of gay prelates has long been suspected to be functioning behind its hallowed walls. Indeed, in 2007 a senior official was suspended from the congregation, or department, for the priesthood, after being filmed in a "sting" operation by an Italian television program. He was caught allegedly making sexual overtures and advances to a younger man.

In 2010, a chorister was dismissed for allegedly procuring male prostitutes for a papal gentleman-in-waiting.

And, not long after that, a weekly news magazine used hidden cameras to actually record priests inside gay clubs and bars having sex.

Pope Benedict has barred sexually active gay men from studying for the priesthood.

Opinion

La Repubblica suggests, and I believe, that Benedict’s resignation had nothing to do with his ill health or advanced age. His abdication came about because he realized that there is no way to “fix” this problem; that the current regime in the Vatican was doomed; and that it was time for him to get out before the whole edifice collapsed around him.

References:

http://www.repubblica.it/

http://www.news.com.au/world/pope-benedict-resigned-after-being-handed-report-into-gay-sex-and-corruption-in-vatican-says-newspaper/story-fndir2ev-1226583285843

http://www.smh.com.au/world/vatican-scandal-cited-in-pope-resignation-20130222-2ev0d.html

http://news.yahoo.com/did-secret-vatican-report-gay-sex-blackmail-bring-160458902.html

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/21/pope-retired-amid-gay-bishop-blackmail-inquiry

http://www.outsidethebeltway.com/pope-benedicts-resignation-tied-to-vatican-gay-sex-blackmail-scandal/

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Herbert Dyer, Jr. is based in Chicago, Illinois, United States of America, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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