Pope Francis acknowledges existence of Vatican 'gay lobby'

Thu. June 13, 2013 7:16 AM by OnTopMag.com

Chicago, IL - Pope Francis appears to have acknowledged the existence of a "gay lobby" at work inside the Vatican.

Last week, in a private audience with the Latin American and Caribbean Confederation of Religious Men and Women, Francis acknowledged receiving a report from his predecessor, Benedict XVI, on the subject.

"The 'gay lobby' is mentioned, and it is true, it is there. ...We need to see what we can do," Francis said in Spanish, according to the Chilean website Reflection and Liberation.

The New York Times reported that the group to which Francis was speaking has confirmed the remarks.

Italy's largest newspaper, La Republica, reported ahead of the conclave in which Francis was elected that the discovery of a "gay lobby" vying for power and influence inside the Vatican contributed to Benedict's sudden decision to step down in February.

The Vatican denied that Benedict had received a document detailing a network of priests who were being blackmailed, calling such reports "deplorable" and "unverifiable." The paper said that Benedict resigned the day after he received the dossier compiled by three cardinals looking into the so-called "Vatileaks" affair.

The paper claimed that the cardinals' report described a group of gay priests who were being blackmailed by laymen with whom they had links of a "worldly nature."

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