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Vatican Issues Denial Of 'Gay Lobby' Reports

6a00d8341c730253ef017ee6b20269970d-300wiEarlier this week, two Italian newspapers, The Panorama weekly and The Repubblica, both reported that Pope Benedict had resigned from his post due to "various lobbies, including a gay lobby." The Vatican has now responded - and they are none too pleased with the reports and the Italian media.

The Guardian reports:

The Vatican secretariat of state said in a statement: "It is deplorable that as we draw closer to the time of the beginning of the conclave … that there be a widespread distribution of often unverified, unverifiable or completely false news stories that cause serious damage to persons and institutions."

According to The AFP, which calls today's statement by the Vatican "unusual," Catholic Church spokesman Federico Lombardi has also commented calling the reports "gossip, disinformation and sometimes calumny."

The Pope will officially step down this Thursday.

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  1. Not exactly a direct denial, is it ?

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Feb 23, 2013 12:06:32 PM

  2. A little ironic that the major world institution that propagated discrimination, intolerance and bigotry against minorities must now defend itself against its own sins. On the other hand it is sad that their corruption will now tarnish all of their good works.

    Posted by: JD | Feb 23, 2013 12:13:21 PM

  3. I think we can put this one in the file drawer next to Ahmadinejad's claim that there are no gays in Iran. It's not quite the same, but the mindset behind it reflects the same eerie delusion.

    Posted by: jomicur | Feb 23, 2013 12:20:14 PM

  4. in other words, we can neither deny nor confirm.

    Posted by: DannyEastVillage | Feb 23, 2013 12:22:50 PM

  5. I, too, hate widespread distribution of often unverified, unverifiable or completely false stories that cause serious damage to persons. But such is the result of the Bible and religion.

    Posted by: Rick in Cincinnati | Feb 23, 2013 12:23:24 PM

  6. Aww. Teeny little island of rank discrimination, lawlessness, and despicable scapegoating of innocents, for their own criminal behavior and disgusting calumny hurled at entire populations who haven't done anything wrong, is all butthurt they can't clean up their own mess or act with any integrity. Break out the world's smallest violin so we can all enjoy their crocodile tears!

    Posted by: Christophe | Feb 23, 2013 12:29:50 PM

  7. Well played Rick in Cincinnati. Very well played :)

    I'm also curious about this "gay lobby." I would have thought it would be the "gay narthex." Or perhaps "gay vestibule."

    Posted by: Stefan | Feb 23, 2013 12:31:23 PM

  8. Hilarious.

    Posted by: Yeek | Feb 23, 2013 1:13:16 PM

  9. Federico Lombardi is the Vatican's Baghdad Bob.

    "How dare you publish things we can't deny!"

    That dog didn't bite you.
    It's not my dog.
    I don't own a dog.

    Posted by: No Habemus Pappum | Feb 23, 2013 1:23:32 PM

  10. Sew the wind, reap the whirlwind, you lying perverted catholic maggots.

    The chickens are home to roost, and they're raining down excrement on your fancy vestements.

    Look your maker in the eye and you'll see NOTHING.

    Posted by: Fairy Tales | Feb 23, 2013 1:29:44 PM

  11. How the "gay lobby" can force the resignation of a pope is up for wild speculation I suppose.

    Posted by: anon | Feb 23, 2013 1:31:11 PM

  12. I linked to the AFP story. The Catholic Church has lost all connection to reality. This is an institution in its death throes.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Feb 23, 2013 1:46:15 PM

  13. @JAMAL49 - One can only hope.

    Posted by: jleo71 | Feb 23, 2013 3:19:20 PM

  14. The gay lobby storyline was simply sci-fi, if there were really a gay lobby with real influence in the Vatican, their policies towards gays would be very different

    Posted by: jjose712 | Feb 23, 2013 3:51:49 PM

  15. The Roman Catholic Church is CURSED. This world-wide criminal organization is so far removed from any real association with the spirit and message of Jesus' teachings, as to be beyond help. It doesn't matter who the next pope will be, he's also cursed.

    Posted by: Joe | Feb 23, 2013 4:23:46 PM

  16. Now they are saying that it's a planted story just to influence the Conclave into electing a Pope who will clean up the Vatican paedophiles.

    I hope they elect an extreme evangelical Pope........way to go !

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Feb 23, 2013 4:59:54 PM

  17. Like the Tea Party...the more they talk...the better we look !!

    Posted by: PAUL B. | Feb 23, 2013 5:02:25 PM

  18. I really hate the use of gays or gay sex as some sort of confirmation of something rotten in Denmark.

    These child molesting collaborators can go to hell in a flaming hand basket!

    Posted by: Ray | Feb 23, 2013 6:55:13 PM

  19. Oh, 30 years saying "I'm a Catholic" will have as much validity as saying I'm a wicca.

    Posted by: DaLurker | Feb 23, 2013 8:01:35 PM

  20. Religion makes me laugh. Seriously, think about a society without religion..yes, it would be delightful...but what about the comic relief religion provides us?

    Posted by: Jim | Feb 23, 2013 8:02:11 PM

  21. They believe in things that go against science, are glorified mythology, and slap science in the face. Do you really expect these Bible thumpers to have an ounce of rational thought in their brain?

    Posted by: T.J | Feb 23, 2013 8:04:29 PM

  22. British cardinal Keith O'Brien, who is btw a raging homophobic maniac, caught with his pants down:

    Can this become mored delicious?

    Posted by: TheSeer | Feb 23, 2013 8:59:08 PM

  23. In my lifetime, anytime I met someone who shoved their religion down my throat..I soon realized it was a cover up for some really rotten acts they were committing behind closed doors. And I'm a firm believe in that, for many, religion is a facade to blanket some of their horrific deeds behind closed doors.

    Posted by: my 2 cents | Feb 23, 2013 9:36:01 PM

  24. This closet case seems very, very excited about this:

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Feb 24, 2013 12:56:00 AM

  25. Next is anger, followed by bargaining and depression. Eventually they'll accept this.

    Posted by: max | Feb 24, 2013 10:24:24 AM

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