Does Pope Francis fear the gay influence within the Vatican City? The Catholic leader acknowledged it for the first time and said he’s planning on taking action against it.
The pope talked about the existence of a “gay lobby” in the Roman Curia on June 6, during an audience granted to the Latin American and Caribbean Confederation of Religious Men and Women, an organizational arm of the Catholic Church with presence in 22 countries.
“Yes, it is difficult. In the curia there are holy people, truly holy people. But there is also a current of corruption, also there is, it is true... they speak of a 'Gay Lobby' and that is true, it is there … we will have to see what we can do...” Pope Francis is quoted as saying on the Chilean Catholic website Reflexion y Liberation.
The pope did not specify what kind of action he might take.
Last February, Italian daily La Repubblica published an article saying that Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation may have been prompted by the “gay influence” within the Vatican.
The story said that Pope Benedict XVI had commissioned an internal, 300-page report that concluded there was “improper influence” on the part of gay priests in internal Vatican affairs.
The Italian newspaper talked specifically about Angelo Balducci, a Gentleman of His Holiness who was accused of being a member of a “gay ring” and preying on choral boys, as being a part of the report.
The internal report allegedly came as a result of the Vatileaks scandal, when the Pope’s butler, Paolo Gabriele, was arrested and convicted last year after stealing confidential documents from the papal apartment.
Three senior cardinals, Julian Herranz, Josef Tomko and Salvatore De Giorgi were in charge of the report.
La Repubblica did not name its source, and did not provide a direct quotation from any part of the report, the Gay Star News clarified.
The 85-year-old pope cited bad health and age as reasons for stepping down.