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I have no idea if there is any truth in this, but La Repubblica is a serious newspaper, not a gossip rag. We will probably never know; the Vatican is by definition a nest of intrigues.

Did a Gay Blackmail Scandal Bring Down Pope Benedict?

The pope's abrupt retirement gets stranger. Now, an Italian newspaper alleges corruption at the Vatican.

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You know what the sudden, surprising, once-every-700-years story of the pope’s resignation needed? What every dramatic story line does: a gay blackmail twist. And so the Italian daily newspaper La Repubblica this week reports on a very tangled web that claims to have brought down a pope, under the irresistible headline “Sex and career, blackmail in the Vatican: Behind the resignation of Benedict XVI.” It’s like “Pretty Little Liars” for octogenarians.

The paper says that Benedict made his decision to step down on Dec. 17, just one day after he received a revealing 300-page dossier from a trio of elderly cardinals. He’d assigned them to investigate last year’s scandal involving a slew of leaked confidential Vatican documents and letters that purported to show corruption and internal conflict within the Holy See.   The “Vatileaks” mess was just another of the embarrassments the church has faced during Benedict’s reign — including a  money laundering investigation and record-breaking settlements in sex abuse lawsuits. But the leaks were a particularly personal humiliation to the pontiff — the documents in question had allegedly been stolen by his own butler Paolo Gabriele. Gabriele later told investigators he released the documents “for the good of the Church.”  “I was sure that a shock, perhaps by using the media, could be a he... he explained in his earnest pretrial testimony.

 

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When we get to know the truth, if we ever will, I am sure it will be an interesting one. I only hope the catholics would see how irrelevant they have become and then not bother themselves electing a new pope especially now that Ratzi has set a trend, any new pope elect can just say I quit.

For a few good, quirky laughs, I recommend watching Nanni Moretti's "We Have a Pope" (Habemus Papam)

revealed to the pope a faction within the Vatican  “united by sexual orientation” that had been subject to “external influence” of a “worldly nature.”

(The paper helpfully explains this is Vatican-speak for blackmail.)

Don't you love Vatican-speak?
Perfected through millenias of practice.

No talk of sin, no morals, only politics.

The Vatican has always been about politics. Machiavelli learned from the Catholic church.

Hypocrisy, one of the worst traits of humanity, erected into an institution...

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