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Report: 'Gay Lobby' Within Vatican Influenced Pope's Resignation

Pope Benedict's dismay at an internal report on "various lobbies, including a gay lobby," exercising "inappropriate influence" within the Vatican, influenced his resignation, according to La Repubblica via the Irish Times:

BenedictThe newspaper suggests that such was Benedict’s dismay when presented with the details of the report on December 17th that it hardened his long-meditated decision to resign. The internal report prepared by Cardinals Julian Herranz, Josef Tomko and Salvatore De Giorgi had been commissioned by Benedict himself...

...In this morning's article, it is claimed that the cardinals reported that various lobbies within the Holy See were consistently breaking the sixth and seventh commandments, namely "thou shalt not steal" and "thou shalt not commit adultery".

The "stealing" was in particular related to the Vatican Bank, IOR, whilst the sexual offences were related to the influence of an active gay lobby within the Vatican.

Past reports begin to make sense in light of the news:

La Repubblica claims the cardinals' 300 page report speaks of "Impropriam Influentiam" on the part of various lobbies, some of them of a "worldly nature", reflecting an "outside influence". The Rome daily recalls the figure of papal gentleman, Angelo Balducci, accused three years ago of being a member of a gay ring active within the Vatican and involving choristers and seminarians.

Do you think the Vatican's gay lobby was responsible for this?


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  1. But... but... how can they blame the gays when there are NO gay priests allowed?

    There is literally nothing these assholes will not blame on us, including their own culpability in the RAPE of thousands of children. No person of conscience can continue to be Catholic.

    Posted by: Strepsi | Feb 21, 2013 10:56:00 AM

  2. I dunno if they are a "gay lobby," but there are a ton of gay priests in the Vatican. I have two close friends who live in Rome and, over the years of visiting them, I'm met any number of gay priests, many of whom have boyfriends (or "friends," as they call them), and many of whom have reasonably high ranking positions in church hierarchy.

    Posted by: Dan E | Feb 21, 2013 10:56:45 AM

  3. This is totally bizarre.

    Posted by: Jack M | Feb 21, 2013 11:01:22 AM

  4. If he was truly a man of God, why would such "sins" make him want to quit? Wouldn't it be all the more reason to stay in charge to fight this so called "sin"?

    Posted by: Patrick | Feb 21, 2013 11:03:48 AM

  5. a certain gay blogger formerly a priest has often said as much, ie the vatican is overrun by gay priests...

    Posted by: bandanajack | Feb 21, 2013 11:03:51 AM

  6. Look at those red shoes he's wearing in the picture above and tell me that his fashion designer isn't gay! The gay lobby to which they refer probably also include his hair stylist, his tailor, and his sommelier.

    Posted by: Enrique | Feb 21, 2013 11:15:04 AM

  7. The Papacy in Rome (Vatican) is like the British Monarchy in the U.K.: it is a tourist attraction with little or no real influence on world affairs.

    Posted by: andrew | Feb 21, 2013 11:20:46 AM

  8. Ha ha ha; I've always had my doubts about those beautiful Swiss Guards, so handsome, so masculine, muscled, ripped military men......but I digress !

    The Vatican blaming the "gay lobby" is akin to that tit, the ex-gay, yesterday blaming gays for oppressing Christians and their freedom to practise their hetro marriages.

    The old "turn the tables" device in argument; well, the Vatican is obviously desperate to hide something new and something big.....that's for sure.

    But don't blame it on the gays, Ratzi, you have been Captain on the Bridge for a long time, including your time as the head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith ( formerly the Inquisition). Whatever you are covering up happened on your watch !

    ( Are you reading this George W. Bush, remember 9/11, that was your watch).

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Feb 21, 2013 11:26:49 AM

  9. "The Papacy in Rome (Vatican) is like the British Monarchy in the U.K.: it is a tourist attraction with little or no real influence on world affairs."

    Yes, that's true, Andrew. But both are two of the wealthiest entities on this Earth. The Roman Catholic Church being not only wealthy (for over a 1,500 years) but also still powerful.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Feb 21, 2013 11:28:58 AM

  10. I thought he was stepping down for health reasons, no, wait, it's because of too much influence of various lobbies, no, wait...

    So, yeah, I guess we're gonna play this game for quite awhile before it comes out how much more involved Benedict was in pedophile coverups than what anyone imagined.

    Posted by: bobbyjoe | Feb 21, 2013 11:30:08 AM

  11. Benedict was often heard to mutter "There's only room for one Queen in the Vatican, and that's me."

    Posted by: Frank | Feb 21, 2013 11:36:07 AM

  12. Andy, seriously, enough with the slanderous tactics about always including the shirtless acrobats photo when referencing the pope. Pretty unfair to use that (and the Maggie Gallagher 'O face' photo, etc.) and then decry the other side for misrepresenting the gay community in the media. Let's all be adults here and frame the issues in a non-bitchy, more objective way.

    Posted by: CJ | Feb 21, 2013 11:51:48 AM

  13. please the pope has been on the dl with his secretary (male) for years and they are retiring into a nice villa

    Posted by: Rev. Joseph Shore-Goss | Feb 21, 2013 12:06:03 PM

  14. @ CJ :

    OK, you may have a point but, without being bitchy, it is amusing to see all the old Cardinals/Bishops ogling the two half naked muscled bodies with that most delicious of the Seven Deadly Sins, lust.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Feb 21, 2013 12:06:35 PM

  15. "Since I can't run my own house, I'm moving out"

    Some leader of the faith

    Posted by: QJ201 | Feb 21, 2013 12:17:30 PM

  16. I was raised a Roman Catholic and the idea of a Pope resigning is as, if not more, shocking than if you told me Queen Elizabeth was abdicating. Both of them have been chosen by God to head their churches. They have investiture services (coronations) confirming it.It is not up to man to decide when this duty is over.

    How out of character, even hypocritical, for a man like Pope Benedict who adheres to the strictest gobbiltygook of the church's teachings to step down before God is ready to take him home!

    There must be something very scandalous behind this (a sex tape?).

    Posted by: Fahd | Feb 21, 2013 12:21:46 PM

  17. @Derrick From Philly: Take heart, except for sub Saharan Africa and a few places in Latin America, the power and influence of the Roman Catholic Church is on the wane. In Western Europe, which has been the heart of Catholicism, the overwhelming majority of Catholics don't practice their religion and ignore its teachings. In the USA fewer than 30% of Catholics attend Mass and most ignore its teachings. Over 95% of child bearing aged married couples pracice "artificial" contraception which the church teaches is gravely sinful and puts you on the road to hell. It gets better Derrick!

    Posted by: andrew | Feb 21, 2013 12:25:12 PM

  18. Gosh, if only he had some sort of position of ultimate authority, some divine mandate or something...

    Someday we're going to find out the real reason he resigned and it's gonna blow everyone away.

    Posted by: BobN | Feb 21, 2013 12:35:55 PM

  19. Very interesting indeed. Puts once more everything into a new light (if true). Of course Vatican is full of politics etc. but gay lobby and the hate against gays. Oh dear.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Feb 21, 2013 12:42:46 PM

  20. The Pope craning his neck to get a better look at the male sex show is my favourite picture ever. Please attach it to every news item forever! I never tire of seeing it.

    Posted by: Betty Treacle | Feb 21, 2013 12:46:01 PM

  21. The plot thickens. The world gets complicated when you have to have only the outcome you want.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Feb 21, 2013 1:55:46 PM

  22. @Dan E: How do those gay priests in the Vatican reconcile their livelihood with the FACT that they are part of an organization that promotes homophobia which kills LGBTs worldwide (directly via hate crimes and indirectly via suicide, increased drug use, homelessness, etc.)?

    If what you say is true, those men are disgusting and they have blood on their hands.

    But so does the entire Vatican.

    Posted by: redball | Feb 21, 2013 2:16:57 PM

  23. Why do these highfalutin institutions like the Vatican and the British Monarchy do love their gay courtiers.

    And what, do these gay 'lobbyist' have a secret handshake or something? Do they wear a particular color bandana?

    Posted by: ratbastard | Feb 21, 2013 2:37:55 PM

  24. I believe there's an insane lobby to blame. Oh wait.that's all of em.

    Posted by: greenfuzz | Feb 21, 2013 2:40:40 PM

  25. @FAHD: Please tell me you do not believe that the creator of the BILLION GALLAXY UNIVERSE (if there be a creator) has chosen Elizabeth and Joe Ratzinger to govern their kingdoms. Do you actually believe that a creator of this VAST UNIVERSE is concerned with anything that happens on this third rock from our star in one very ordinary gallaxy of over a billion gallaxies.

    Posted by: andrew | Feb 21, 2013 2:48:12 PM

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