Vatican scandal cited in Pope Resignation

A series of scandals within the Vatican has been cited by Italian media in the pope s resignation.

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Pope Benedict XVI resigned after an internal investigation informed him about a web of blackmail, corruption and gay sex in the Vatican, Italian media reports say.

Three cardinals were asked by Benedict to verify allegations of financial impropriety, cronyism and corruption exposed in the so-called VatiLeaks affair.

On December 17, 2012, they handed the pontiff two red-leather bound volumes, almost 300 pages long, containing “an exact map of the mischief and the bad fish” inside the Holy See, La Repubblica said.

“It was on that day, with those papers on his desk, that Benedict XVI took the decision he had mulled over for so long,” said the centre-left newspaper. It said its article was the first of a series.

Panorama, a conservative weekly, did not speculate about the motives behind Benedict’s resignation, but its story about the contents of the confidential report was broadly similar.

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi refused to “run after fantasies and opinions” and warned reporters: “Don’t expect comments or rebuttals of what is being said on this issue.”

La Repubblica quoted a man described as “very close” to the authors as saying the information it contained was “all about the breach of the sixth and seven commandments” – which say “thou shalt not commit adultery” and “thou shalt not steal”.

The cardinals were said to have uncovered an underground gay network, whose members organise sexual meetings in several venues in Rome and Vatican City, leaving them prone to blackmail.

The secret report also delves into suspect dealings at the Institute for Religious Works (IOR), the Vatican’s bank, where a new chairman was appointed last week after a nine-month vacancy, La Repubblica said, without going into details.

The newspaper said Benedict 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.

The authors of the secret report will not take part in the conclave because they are over 80 years old, past the age limit for the meeting. But Panorama said they were likely to inform other cardinals about what they have uncovered.

Their findings “will condition the conclave” as it will have to elect “a pope immune to blackmail, so that he can start the clean-up operation that (Benedict) entrusted to his successor”.

14 thoughts on “Vatican scandal cited in Pope Resignation

  1. Sad – maybe. Depends what happens next.

    They obviously knew something was wrong to have cardinals investigate it. The right thing to do is confess it. Admit people have done wrong. Cut off the dead wood. Start again.

    That’s what we teach our kids to do and would help the negative image that’s gonna come and dispel the innuendo.

    Last thing they should do is be secretive about it. If they carry on like nothing happened then yes it would be sad.

    Fair to say the Pope resigned in disgust and with a broken heart.

  2. Bones,
    Fair to say the Pope resigned in disgust and with a broken heart.

    That’s probably true, but why would you of all people think this? I thought you were for gayness as sinlessness, and homo-marriage as holy matrimony.

    Maybe they should let gay priests marry, then they can be ‘strong, young and holy’ with each other.

  3. Sad in that it must be very difficult to be a Catholic and not only have all the abuse scandals to deal with, but now having this right in the vatican.

    But, scandals haven’t meant the end of the Roman Catholic Church thus far.

  4. Cardinal Sin?

    Cardinal Keith O’Brien, Britain’s most senior Roman Catholic cleric, has missed Sunday Mass after being accused of inappropriate behaviour.

    Bishop Stephen Robson told St Mary’s Cathedral in Edinburgh the Church “cannot not be saddened” by the news.

    Three priests and one ex-priest have reportedly complained about the leader of the Scottish Catholic Church’s behaviour some 30 years ago.

    The Scottish Catholic Church said the cardinal, 74, contested the claims.

    He is also taking legal advice, it added.

    Cardinal O’Brien is due to retire next month when he turns 75.

    He will have a say in who succeeds Pope Benedict XVI when the pontiff stands down on 28 February. He is Britain’s only representative in the election for a successor.

  5. This paragraph is interesting from the NY times article on Cardinal Keith O’Brien :

    The Catholic Church has been besieged during Benedict’s eight years in office by scandals over pedophilia and other forms of sexual abuse by priests. But the three weeks since he announced his decision to retire on the grounds of failing health have been marked by a surge of Italian news media reports, many of them speculative, of gay sex scandals in the Vatican and other allegations of sexual abuse by priests.

    These reports have been seen by some in the Vatican as intended to harm some contenders for the papacy, or to disqualify some of the cardinals expected to participate in the conclave. Some Vatican experts believe they might also be devised to manufacture a sense of crisis that would encourage the conclave to select a conservative, “sheriff” type of cardinal as the next pope. Cardinal O’Brien, who is set to retire after turning 75 next month, is the only cleric from Britain who will be eligible to vote in the conclave.

    If the allegations are coming out in an attempt to background candidates or condition the elections, this is very messy indeed. One would think that the Catholic church couldnt survive this combination of politics and scandal in its present form for much longer.

  6. I think this is an awful awful situation – and I agree with Bones (hmm…that hardly ever happens!) when he speculates that Fair the Pope resigned in disgust and with a broken heart. Steve it is one thing to love another human, marry them and want to be intimate…an entirely different matter to break vows of celibacy and to bring lust and degradation into the vatican…were it to have been heterosexual sex and not gay sex it would have been no less disgusting nor wrong…sinful in fact.

  7. “a conservative, “sheriff” type of cardinal as the next pope. ”

    Which is exactly what Pope Benedict was.

    Prior to being Pope he was the headkicker of the The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the follow up from the Inquisition. As Cardinal Ratzinger he declared war on Liberation theology in Latin America including attacking the influential Father Gustavo Gutierrez, Fr Leonardo Boff, Fr Jon Sobrino a close friend and adviser of the martyr Oscar Romero.

    Ratzinger contended that Liberation Theology undermines the Church leaders’ influence over the laity.

    Pretty sure he was instrumental in getting Dom Helder Camara silenced too.

    As a conservative the Pope would have been disgusted and heartbroken. The problem with conservatives is they are extremely reluctant to change. That includes changes in the structures of the Catholic Church.

    The Catholics need a progressive Pope like John XXIII, the Good Pope.

  8. Well Cardinal Ratzinger wakes up today as a normal human being. He probably thinks “Why can’t I find my car keys …. Oh, thats right I’m not infallible any more”.

  9. Pope John Paul II. Try to get a copy of his paper “Dominum et Vivificantem” On the Holy Spirit in the Life of the Church and the World,1986 brilliant work! Pitty it never really made it into practice, just a load of lip service.

  10. Yah Ha Ha HA HA!

    Maybe when his ring was smashed, it went something like this, (approx. 1:28 Gimli son of Glóin tries to smash the ring of power)

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