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Pope’s resignation linked to underground network of gay Vatican priests

Friday, February 22, 2013

ROME — A controversial article by Italy’s respected, leading daily newspaper, La Repubblica, has linked the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI to the discovery of blackmail, corruption and a network of gay prelates in the Vatican.

Pope Benedict XVI
AP file photo by Gregorio Borgia.

The report claimed that the Pope’s resignation was facilitated in part by the church’s hierarchy reactions to the “Vatileaks” scandal, an episode that culminated with the arrest and subsequent conviction last year of Benedict’s butler, Paolo Gabriele, who was found guilty of stealing and leaking confidential documents from the papal apartment.

La Repubblica said the Pope, who had been mulling the decision to step down, came to that decision on Dec. 17, 2012, the same day he received the report, which was compiled by three cardinals delegated to look into “Vatileaks.”

The panel, according to La Repubblica, discovered an underground gay network whose members organized sexual meetings in several locations, including a villa outside Rome, a sauna in Rome’s Cuarto Miligo distirct and in a beauty salon inside the Vatican.

The gatherings, in turn, left them open to blackmail from people outside the Vatican, the report said, according to the newspaper.

La Repubblica’s report was the latest in a string of claims that a gay network exists in the Vatican, reported the Guardian.

In 2007, a senior official was suspended from the priesthood after he was filmed in a “sting” organized by an Italian television program while apparently making sexual overtures to a younger man.

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

A few months later, a weekly news magazine used hidden cameras to record priests visiting gay clubs and bars and having sex.

La Repubblica reported that the pope would personally hand the confidential files to his successor, with the hope he will be “strong, young and holy” enough to take the necessary action.

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32 more reader comments:

  1. Gay priests or just plain ole’ child molesters, whatever their sexuality?

    Posted on Friday, February 22, 2013 at 4:51pm
  2. Even before he became pope he was one of the cardinals responsible for hiding the child molesting priests instead of letting the law get a hold of them… Not sure why people are surprised that it might be the reason for his resignation… but I agree, child molesters aren’t gay or straight they are just child molesters that need to pay for their sins BEFORE “god” judges them!!!

    Posted on Friday, February 22, 2013 at 4:54pm
  3. Evil drag queens!!!

    Posted on Friday, February 22, 2013 at 4:59pm
  4. Now there’s an idea that puts most conspiriisy theories to shame.

    Posted on Friday, February 22, 2013 at 5:04pm
  5. This deserves the eTrade Baby’s shocked face is anything does!

    Posted on Friday, February 22, 2013 at 5:10pm
  6. I don’t think Dan Brown envisioned any of this when writing the Davinci Code unfortunately….it would make a good sequel.

    Posted on Friday, February 22, 2013 at 5:15pm
  7. And the plot thickens. What next a brothel of nuns?

    Posted on Friday, February 22, 2013 at 5:16pm
  8. If it’s true, the operative word is underground — the Vatican’s basic anti-sex except for procreation stance along with enforced clerical celibacy (at least on the surface) makes a rich breeding-ground for hypocrisy. Make nearly all sexual expression shameful and sinful, and you ensure it will go underground, and grow twisted and strange in the dark.

    Posted on Friday, February 22, 2013 at 5:23pm
  9. Gregory, please do not equate Homosexuality with Pedophilia – Statistics have shown, the majority of child molesters are heterosexual males

    Posted on Friday, February 22, 2013 at 5:24pm
  10. Posted on Friday, February 22, 2013 at 5:26pm
  11. You can’t make this stuff up

    Posted on Friday, February 22, 2013 at 5:29pm
  12. oh well.

    Posted on Friday, February 22, 2013 at 5:50pm
  13. I don’t even get the point. Surely it’s no surprise that there are gay men in the priesthood. And that’s what drove him out? Not all the years he covered up all the pedophilia and moved child molesters to different areas so they could continue their abuse in new communities?

    Posted on Friday, February 22, 2013 at 5:58pm
  14. Hypocrite’s !!!

    Posted on Friday, February 22, 2013 at 6:17pm
  15. this just hurts so deep . :(

    Posted on Friday, February 22, 2013 at 6:24pm
  16. Those priests are pedophiles, has nothing to do with being gay. This is media once again trying to link the two together.

    Posted on Friday, February 22, 2013 at 6:25pm
  17. fucking old pervert.

    Posted on Friday, February 22, 2013 at 6:37pm
  18. … JAIL-time!

    Posted on Friday, February 22, 2013 at 6:53pm
  19. na huh

    Posted on Friday, February 22, 2013 at 7:02pm
  20. oh, so you people FINALLY figured it out, uh???

    Posted on Friday, February 22, 2013 at 7:26pm
  21. When will Italy learn…

    Posted on Friday, February 22, 2013 at 7:43pm
  22. A sniper should cut his legs off at the knees so he can be at eye level with the children of the world as they watch him publicly drawn and and quartered.

    Posted on Friday, February 22, 2013 at 7:50pm
  23. oh puh-leez…

    Posted on Friday, February 22, 2013 at 9:31pm
  24. lordy lordy git me a forty!!!

    Posted on Friday, February 22, 2013 at 9:35pm
  25. Good thing I go to Mass for Jesus, NOT the guys who run the Church! UGH!

    Posted on Friday, February 22, 2013 at 9:39pm
  26. exactly

    Posted on Friday, February 22, 2013 at 9:40pm
  27. none of us r great…only the lord

    Posted on Friday, February 22, 2013 at 9:40pm
  28. There needs to be COMPLETE reform with the men who run the Church…no time for bullshit, no time for “awwwww, he didn’t mean to rape the kid”…FUCK THAT…get the pig OUT and get some good guys IN! ANd let the good Sisters start attending meeting and such alongside the priest, bishops and cardinals. THAT in itself would sure help!! AND ALSO…Make marriage an OPTION, but like in the Orthodox Church..why not??? It’s time!!!!!!

    Posted on Friday, February 22, 2013 at 9:42pm
  29. An underground network of GAY Vatican priests?! Why are gay people always blamed?! Why not an underground network of HETERO Vatican priests?? It’s not like gay Vatican priests are in the minority…

    Posted on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 1:59am
  30. They blame their child molestation issues on “homosexuality in the church.” They’d blame the Jews if they could, but that won’t fly here! The resigned Pope won’t be leaving the Vatican; he’s remaining for life in a renovated convent taking sanctuary. Blaming homosexuals is the despicable party line.

    Posted on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 6:39am
  31. To be fair, there has not been any proof of this. It is purely speculation on the part of an Italian newspaper. There is a strong tradition of yellow journalism and anti-clericalism in Italy. I do not doubt that there are corrupt priests (after all, they are still human and imperfect last time I checked). However, I think we need to meet in the middle on the issue. The CCC doesn’t say gays are evil. It only says that homosexuality is a fixed (although disordered) identity. We have to engage in dialogue. I pray that if there is an underground network of homosexual priests engaging in orgies, then there will be a thought on reforming regulation on becoming ordained clergy. As a man whose two strongest identities are being gay and Catholic, I hope that we can bridge the gap and not spew hate at the ills of the Catholic Church, because that doesn’t solve anything.

    Posted on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 7:01am
  32. all speculation. The perfect, confected sacrifice will go right on with bizarre clergy right alongside saintly clergy despite the ‘brilliant’ insights and corrections of the stone throwers (thats a laugh)…all God really needs is humans willing to do it. The Catholic/Orthodox Church will survive i can guarantee.

    Posted on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 8:07am