Pope quit after 'gay clergy network discovered in Vatican'

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Italian newspaper claims Pope Benedict XVI's resignation is linked to an 'explosive' report

LAST UPDATED AT 09:37 ON Fri 22 Feb 2013

THE POPE took his decision to resign after receiving a "potentially explosive" report that revealed a network of high-ranking gay clergy inside the Vatican, an Italian newspaper has claimed.

According to La Repubblica, Pope Benedict XVI decided to quit on 17 December – the same day he received a dossier revealing a faction of gay prelates.

The Pope's spokesman has declined to confirm or deny the claims.

Commissioned by Benedict himself, the dossier is said to have been prepared by Cardinals Julian Herranz, Salvatore De Giorgi and Josef Tomko, the former chief of the Vatican's secret services.

The three cardinals were delegated to look into the so-called 'Vatileaks' affair, after the Pope's butler, Paolo Gabriele, was arrested and charged last May with stealing and leaking papal correspondence that depicted the Vatican as a seething hotbed of intrigue and infighting.

La Repubblica said the cardinals described a number of factions, including one whose members were "united by sexual orientation". It also suggested some high-ranking members of the clergy were blackmailed by laymen with whom they entertain relationships of a "worldly nature".

The paper quoted an unnamed source - said to be close to the report's authors - as saying: "Everything revolves around the non-observance of the sixth and seventh commandments."

The seventh commandment forbids theft, while the sixth forbids adultery, but is linked in Catholic doctrine to the proscribing of homosexual acts, The Guardian explains.

La Repubblica also mentioned a gay network which organised sexual encounters in villas and saunas in Rome as well as in the Vatican rooms.

The dossier comprising "two volumes of almost 300 pages – bound in red" has reportedly been consigned to a safe in the papal apartments and will be delivered to the Pope's successor upon his election.

Pope Benedict, who will stand down at the end of February, is the first pope to resign voluntarily since Celestine V more than seven centuries ago. · 

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Hahahaha - any takers for a bet that at the top of the list of gay clergy is "Pope Benedict XVI"?

It took them a 1000 years to work this out?

Using my gaydar, I don't think he's gay. But I do think he is a poisonous bigot. As his parting shot, he's trying to pin his abdication on gay people. Quite frankly, I don't understand why many heterosexuals can't see through this guy. When it comes to gay people, his prejudice is deep-rooted (maybe from the days when he was conscripted in Hitler's Nazi Youth) and overwhelming.

Hang on, bloke in a dress surrounded by other blokes in dresses who aren't allowed to marry and in fact appear to hate women who want to do their jobs - it's a no brainer, surely

Maybe, but one could just as easily look at that "dress" as robes, scepter and crown. Emperor's cloths worn by heterosexual men on a power trip who have no use for women because they are more interested in intellectualizing amongst themselves. I've seen that kind before. It's all theater.

If that's the case, he shouldn't be resigning but instead be starting the moves to reform the whole crappy RC doctrine.

oh please do publish the list - can't wait to find out WHO DUN IT !
Just goes to show what a lot of nonsense the whole structure is !!

Ah, the tolerant secular Left speaks again. If you knew anything about 1930's Germany, you'd know it was COMPULSORY to join the Hitler Youth... but of course, when it comes to Christianity, your prejudice is so deep-rooted and overwhelming... and how Is Benedict trying to pin his abdication on ANYONE, his abdication is purely on health grounds... but of course, when it comes to Christianity, your prejudice is so deep-rooted and overwhelming... see, two can play at silly game...

That whole "crappy RC doctrine" - as you so eloquently put it - is derived from Almighty God, not from some dude in a robe in Rome... if you don't like it, take it up with your Creator not the Catholics...

religion was invented by men

Excuse me, but it was also COMPULSORY, as a Jew to be made to show the star of David, to be taken from their homes and to be executed. Does this mean that the Jew's shouldn't have tried to flee? What you are saying is he was told to do it, so he did. That is no excuse! Jewish children escaped their horror, why didn't the German people do the same? Because they were weak! I know of a Jewish Girl who fell in love with a Nazi guard and they fled to Switzerland together. People have choices. He done as he was told, is the weakest argument you could have made for his past.

There is no almighty god! You're deluded! If the doctrine was written by almighty god, what pen did he use? How big is his pen? Where does he get his paper from? Can I please see this god writing for myself? I'd like to know how good he is at spelling and what his hand writing is like. don't you think it's obvious that HE isn't real? All you need to do is understand that in a time when the world was totally ruled by men, their god would be a man too.

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