Paper: Papal resignation linked to inquiry into ‘Vatican gay officials’
A potentially explosive report has linked the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI to the discovery of a network of gay prelates in the Vatican, some of whom – the report said – were being blackmailed by outsiders.
The pope’s spokesman declined to confirm or deny the report, which was carried by the Italian daily newspaper La Repubblica.
The paper said the pope had taken the decision on 17 December that he was going to resign – the day he received a dossier compiled by three cardinals delegated to look into the so-called “Vatileaks” affair.
Last May Pope Benedict’s butler, Paolo Gabriele, was arrested and charged with having stolen and leaked papal correspondence that depicted the Vatican as a seething hotbed of intrigue and infighting.
According to La Repubblica, the dossier comprising “two volumes of almost 300 pages – bound in red” had been consigned to a safe in the papal apartments and would be delivered to the pope’s successor upon his election.
Share this story:
Recent Related Posts
- What Makes Catholics Different from Episcopalians?
- Jurgen Liias’s Move to Rome: A Spiritual Autobiography
- Pope Canonizes Saints, Reporter Gets the Vapors (UPDATED)
- Just A Little Flashback: William McKeachie on the Legacy of Pope Benedict XVI
- Beware the Christians
- Chesterton on the Meaning and Significance of Easter
- The @UKOrdinariate responds to the “anecdotal report” of Pope Francis’ negative view
Are you reading this?
Advertising on Stand Firm works!
Click here for details.