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Fri Feb 22, 2013, 05:09 AM

 

Benedict resignation linked to inquiry into 'Vatican gay officials'

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/21/pope-retired-amid-gay-bishop-blackmail-inquiry

A potentially explosive report has linked the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI to the discovery of a network of gay prelates in the Vatican, some of whom the report said were being blackmailed by outsiders.

The pope's spokesman declined to confirm or deny the report, which was carried by the Italian daily newspaper La Repubblica.

The paper said the pope had taken the decision on 17 December that he was going to resign the day he received a dossier compiled by three cardinals delegated to look into the so-called "Vatileaks" affair.

Last May Pope Benedict's butler, Paolo Gabriele, was arrested and charged with having stolen and leaked papal correspondence that depicted the Vatican as a seething hotbed of intrigue and infighting.

According to La Repubblica, the dossier comprising "two volumes of almost 300 pages bound in red" had been consigned to a safe in the papal apartments and would be delivered to the pope's successor upon his election.

The newspaper said the cardinals described a number of factions, including one whose members were "united by sexual orientation".

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because decades of covering up widespread child sex abuse isn't a good reason to retire.. gay bishops!

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Reply Benedict resignation linked to inquiry into 'Vatican gay officials' (Original post)
Phillip McCleod Feb 2013 OP
uriel1972 Feb 2013 #1
Phillip McCleod Feb 2013 #2
uriel1972 Feb 2013 #3
Phillip McCleod Feb 2013 #4
skepticscott Feb 2013 #5
Phillip McCleod Feb 2013 #8
Eugene Feb 2013 #6
cbayer Feb 2013 #7
hrmjustin Feb 2013 #9
moobu2 Feb 2013 #11
goldent Feb 2013 #10

Response to Phillip McCleod (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 05:19 AM

1. Rape children... fine. Consensual sex with an adult of the same plumbing... unthinkable.

Sigh and some people wonder why some of us dislike the RCC hierarchy.

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Response to uriel1972 (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 05:26 AM

2. but.. but..

 

nuns!

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Response to Phillip McCleod (Reply #2)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 05:30 AM

3. AAAAAAHHHH!!! NUNS!!!!

Where? Where?

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Response to uriel1972 (Reply #3)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 05:50 AM

4. i believe they're making the rounds of apologias for the rcc at the moment.

 

tucked somewhere between 'most priests are gay', 'most catholics are brown-skinned', and the phrase 'anti-religious bigotry'

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Response to Phillip McCleod (Reply #2)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 07:06 AM

5. Busfulls of nuns!

Doin' that "change from within" thingie!

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Response to skepticscott (Reply #5)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 06:04 PM

8. and getting excommunicated for it sometimes.

 

guess that's one way to leave..

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Response to Phillip McCleod (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 10:36 AM

6. Vatican should act on gay sex claims, says George Pell

Source: The Australian

Vatican should act on gay sex claims, says George Pell

TESS LIVINGSTONE From: The Australian February 23, 2013 12:00AM

AUSTRALIA'S Cardinal George Pell yesterday called on the Vatican press office to respond "in some constructive way" to reports of an internal investigation by three senior cardinals that told Pope Benedict XVI about an insidious web of blackmail, corruption and homosexual sex inside the Vatican.

Italy's La Repubblica newspaper linked Benedict's resignation with a top secret 300-page dossier prepared by Spanish Cardinal Julian Herranz, Slovak Cardinal Jozef Tomko and Italian Cardinal Salvatore De Giorgi into the "Vatileaks" affair, which saw the Pope's former butler, Paolo Gabriele, arrested and jailed for stealing and leaking papal documents.

None of the three cardinals will take part in the conclave because they are over 80 years of age, but they are expected to brief those voting about their findings.

According to La Repubblica, the report was "an exact map of the mischief and the bad fish" inside the Holy See, with the cardinals finding that one faction of Vatican officials, "united by sexual orientation", had been subject to "external influence" from laymen with whom they had links of a "worldly nature", which the paper said was a reference to blackmail.

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Read more: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/vatican-should-act-on-gay-sex-claims-pell/story-e6frg6nf-1226583852472

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Response to Phillip McCleod (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 01:42 PM

7. When this has come up before, it has been dismissed as without substantial evidence.

I think everyone knows that there are gay priests, and that's not even prohibited, IIRC. It is whether they are celibate or not that is at issue.

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Response to Phillip McCleod (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 09:21 PM

9. Why did the pope feel the need to go over this?

Are they saying that he could not handle this so he wanted someone else too?

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Response to hrmjustin (Reply #9)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 01:37 AM

11. I think it's just more politics.

Meaning, it's a way to smear a group of people they have issues with. It's all the gays fault. These people are so slimy and not in a good way.

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Response to Phillip McCleod (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 11:39 PM

10. The gist of the story...

So there is a secret dossier, and when the new pope is elected he will get the secret dossier. We know what is in it, but we don't. Fascinating!

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