On Sunday, February 24, the Vatican blasted the media over reports that Pope Benedict XVI resigned because of an internal report that brought to light information on a gay network and financial misdeeds within the Catholic Church.
The one thing missing from their “outrage” is a denial that the contents of the internal report are accurate. The spokesperson for the Catholic Church never once stated the report was wrong or even that the report even existed.
According to La Repubblica, an Italian newspaper reported that after the pope’s butler was arrested last year for stealing confidential papal papers, the pope ordered three cardinals to investigate the Vatican. Their explosive findings are rumored to be the cause of the pope’s upcoming resignation on February 28.
The cardinals are said to have discovered that there is an underground Vatican gay network. La Repubblica reported that the members of the network allegedly organized sexual meetings in different locations.
The various locations included an Italian villa, a Roman sauna, and a beauty salon inside the Vatican. The dossier that the three cardinals put together was 300 pages.
“They concluded that the meetings created situations that put Vatican officials in compromising positions. This would lead to the Vatican being vulnerable to blackmail.
When the announcement concerning Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation was made, it said his resignation was due to “lack of strength of mind and body.”
La Repubblica is reporting that the pope made the decision to step down because of the explosive dossier the cardinals put together.
Vatican spokesman, Fr. Federico Lombardi did not comment on the reports choosing instead to take a shot at the reporters writing about the situation. Lombardi stated, “Those who present themselves as judges, making heavy moral judgments, do not, in truth, have any authority to do so.”
“Those who consider money, sex and power before all else and are used to reading diverse realities from these perspectives, are unable to see anything else.”
Pope Benedict XVI will officially resign on Thursday, February 28. A new pope will be elected through conclave next month.
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