The unprecedented resignation of Pope Benedict XVI was attributed to age and health issues, but the actual reason is a secret report by three Cardinals that details sex and fraud scandals, according to an article released Thursday by the Italian newspaper La Repubblica. The report is 300-pages and was delivered to the Pope, who commissioned it himself following the Vatileaks scandal last year, on December 17 of 2012.
The report reveals a secret gay community within the church that includes high-ranking members of the clergy inside the Vatican itself. Secret meeting places of gay priests for sexual encounters are also revealed by the report, according to La Repubblica.
The Vatican spokesperson issued a statement about the accusations within the report that made it clear the church is not going to discuss the findings openly.
"Neither the cardinals' commission nor I will make comments to confirm or deny the things that are said about this matter," Father Federico Lombardi said, according to The Guardian. "Let each one assume his or her own responsibilities. We shall not be following up on the observations that are made about this."
The Guardian has also reported that the three Cardinals that produced the report were Salvatore DeGiorgi, Jozef Tomko and Julian Herranz.
Since his stunning resignation Pope Benedict XVI has made statements that indicate division within the Vatican caused by different factions. He described the face of the Vatican as “disfigured” in his final public Mass.
The Pope will discuss the report with the authors next Thursday, the last day of his papacy, and then the report will be handed over to the next pope.
In June of 2012, a Polish magazine published an extensive article on the papacy and what it calls the “Homoheresy” in all levels of the Church. The Fronda article was incisive and seems to detail the same inner workings as the report by the trio of Cardinals.
While these are the latest in a series of allegations directed at the Church, many of which seem to be driven more by fantasy than reality, the facts as reported would seem to confirm the truthfulness of these assertions.