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Hooper writes: "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 Vatican is awhirl with rumours about the pope's decision to retire. (photo: Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images)
The Vatican is awhirl with rumours about the pope's decision to retire. (photo: Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images)



Gay Vatican Blackmail Might Have Pushed the Pope Out

By John Hooper, Guardian UK

24 February 13

 

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".

In an apparent quotation from the report, La Repubblica said some Vatican officials had been subject to "external influence" from laymen with whom they had links of a "worldly nature". The paper said this was a clear reference to blackmail.

It quoted a source "very close to those who wrote [the cardinal's report]" as saying: "Everything revolves around the non-observance of the sixth and seventh commandments."

The seventh enjoins against theft. The sixth forbids adultery, but is linked in Catholic doctrine to the proscribing of homosexual acts.

La Repubblica said the cardinals' report identified a series of meeting places in and around Rome. They included a villa outside the Italian capital, a sauna in a Rome suburb, a beauty parlour in the centre, and a former university residence that was in use by a provincial Italian archbishop.

Father Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman, said: "Neither the cardinals' commission nor I will make comments to confirm or deny the things that are said about this matter. Let each one assume his or her own responsibilities. We shall not be following up on the observations that are made about this."

He added that interpretations of the report were creating "a tension that is the opposite of what the pope and the church want" in the approach to the conclave of cardinals that will elect Benedict's successor. Another Italian daily, Corriere della Sera, alluded to the dossier soon after the pope announced his resignation on 11 February, describing its contents as "disturbing".

The three-man commission of inquiry into the Vatileaks affair was headed by a Spanish cardinal, Julián Herranz. He was assisted by Cardinal Salvatore De Giorgi, a former archbishop of Palermo, and the Slovak cardinal Jozef Tomko, who once headed the Vatican's department for missionaries.

Pope Benedict has said he will stand down at the end of this month; the first pope to resign voluntarily since Celestine V more than seven centuries ago. Since announcing his departure he has twice apparently referred to machinations inside the Vatican, saying that divisions "mar the face of the church", and warned against "the temptations of power".

La Repubblica's report was the latest in a string of claims that a gay network exists in the Vatican. In 2007 a senior official was suspended from the congregation, or department, for the priesthood, after he was filmed in a "sting" organised by an Italian television programme while apparently making sexual overtures to a younger man.

In 2010 a chorister was dismissed for allegedly procuring male prostitutes for a papal gentleman-in-waiting. A few months later a weekly news magazine used hidden cameras to record priests visiting gay clubs and bars and having sex.

The Vatican does not condemn homosexuals. But it teaches that gay sex is "intrinsically disordered". Pope Benedict has barred sexually active gay men from studying for the priesthood.

 

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-203 # Unicorn144 2013-02-24 12:48
This is as bad as bad could be....the office of the Pope and the Vatican have become corrupted by Satan....due to Sun Myung Moon in his life insisting that the Holy Spirit was "female", this being in reality the great harlot "ISIS"; even so this main tenet of belief for the Unification Church which would ostensibly make Jehovah a woman is blasphemy;as symbolically Jehovah would be theologically "castrated" by our Korean adulterer and very dead man....in his corrupt theology that has spread this "wine of his fornication" with ISIS into every church...especi ally the Catholic Church, since Moon published his book "Divine Principle" in 1973; not knowing or perhaps denying that the Holy Spirit of God is Jehovah Himself; in Moon's book he has my Father Jesus "marry" this discarnate "holy spirit" of Sodom and Egypt; linking the Son with his OWN Father; by which christianity was and is itself invaded therefore by Satan himself..
 
 
+112 # bluebluesdancer 2013-02-24 15:03
You are crazed, Unicorn. You make no sense.
 
 
+6 # flippancy 2013-02-26 10:39
Quoting bluebluesdancer:
You are crazed, Unicorn. You make no sense.


Don't you know unicorns are fictional creatures? Besides, they can allegedly only be touched by virgins. Or, maybe be virgins? 8^)
 
 
+80 # Timaloha 2013-02-24 21:18
Please tell me you don't have access to firearms.
 
 
+2 # NanFan 2013-02-27 09:54
Quoting Timaloha:
Please tell me you don't have access to firearms.


Ha! Sad...but true enough.

N.
 
 
+42 # kyzipster 2013-02-25 07:52
Hate to break it to you but same sex 'fornicating' has been going on in the RCC since long before 1973.

It's the public that has grown wiser, we no longer allow the hypocrisy to go unanswered.
 
 
+11 # rockieball 2013-02-25 10:15
It's been going on since they stopped priest from marring. They used to allow it. It was not allowed for Monks a monastery, Cardinals, Bishops or the Pope. But before they moved up the ladder they were allowed a wife.
 
 
+29 # bmiluski 2013-02-25 11:30
Homosexuality has been around a lot longer than Christianity. Whether they were allowed to marry or not has nothing to do with it.
 
 
+13 # bmiluski 2013-02-25 11:28
So who taught you to be misogynistic. Because my dear, like racism, it has to be taught.
 
 
-191 # Unicorn144 2013-02-24 12:50
With the fall of Sun Myung Moon by his adultery, while married; and which produced Sammy Pak in his satanic fallen marriage; the Unification Church is thus now a discarnate tool of Satan the Devil, as a vehicle of complete theological falsehood....an d because of this wine of wrath in their marriages being sread globally this Lie is taking down the Church itself; as their own adulterous drunkeness now proves..with these results, and now spreading their mistaken belief and satanic inversion and perversion of the Holy Spirit as their 'new truth"...propag ated by lucifer; "Mun Yong-meyong"; the "Shining Dragon" of Korea..Sun Myung Moon's real birth name...as that "evil servant" of Matthew 24:48...I warned them; but no one would listen..but Bless all of thee in the Name of my Father Jesus; Inshallah.
 
 
+49 # neohip 2013-02-24 14:35
Are you serious?
 
 
+6 # flippancy 2013-02-26 10:40
Quoting neohip:
Are you serious?


The word is delerious.
 
 
+69 # Sjoko2000 2013-02-24 15:01
Why is it that an article critical of the RC church is almost inevitably followed by comment(s) critical of any third party BUT the RC church??
Time to put the REAL dirty laundry out in the open. That is the only real "fix" to stop the church's criminal behaviour.
 
 
+83 # Doggone 2013-02-24 15:26
I think it is obvious that the RC church has been corrupt for a long time and Sun Myung Moon had nothing to with it. The RC church is a hypocritical institution. They have been responsible for cultural genocide all over the planet with their missions and priests, leaving dysfunction and damage in their wake. If they weren't raping little boys they were impregnating the women and stealing the gold for the queens and kings of Europe. Then they built their cathedrals using the spoils from their far flung raping and pillaging. Satan was already present and accounted for before Sun Myung Moon ever thought of the RC church.

All will come to light no matter how hard they try to cover up their ugly underside because even centuries of lies can ultimately be exposed. It won't come soon enough for me.
 
 
+5 # NanFan 2013-02-27 10:07
Quote:
It won't come soon enough for me.
Indeed! The Catholic Church attempted to pervert my early life through 12 years of schooling. I rejected it at the age of 17 and never looked back.

They teach that no one is going to "heaven" except baptized Catholics, yet they break every commandment and doctrine they try to shove down the throats of their followers.

Let the "outing" be broad and debilitating. The first pope to resign in 600 years just happens to be the former cardinal who, in his official capacity at that time, protected priests who were known sexual abusers.

I think this is no mistake...there 's more to this resignation than most Catholics think.

N.
 
 
+1 # jmac9 2013-02-27 12:02
Time for a religion upgrade;

societyofsacredflowers.org

throw out the crazed mythology of Unicorn,
discard the myth of an external god - watching and judging; A god that was created because people were ignorant of geology, astronomy, medical research, time, biology.
Open the love of yourself and others.
No popes, priests, tithing your money to church, no women walking around in potato sacks, no hell - hell is created by humans.
To use the biblical analogy: it's time to throw the money lenders out of our temple
 
 
0 # mim 2013-02-27 20:21
That's money changers, not moneylenders.
 
 
+57 # LizR 2013-02-24 16:20
Wow, and to think I didn't believe in Satan....or unicorns. You've certainly opened my eyes!
 
 
+59 # reiverpacific 2013-02-24 16:24
Quoting Unicorn144:
With the fall of Sun Myung Moon by his adultery, while married; and which produced Sammy Pak in his satanic fallen marriage; the Unification Church is thus now a discarnate tool of Satan the Devil, as a vehicle of complete theological falsehood....and because of this wine of wrath in their marriages being sread globally this Lie is taking down the Church itself; as their own adulterous drunkeness now proves..with these results, and now spreading their mistaken belief and satanic inversion and perversion of the Holy Spirit as their 'new truth"...propagated by lucifer; "Mun Yong-meyong"; the "Shining Dragon" of Korea..Sun Myung Moon's real birth name...as that "evil servant" of Matthew 24:48...I warned them; but no one would listen..but Bless all of thee in the Name of my Father Jesus; Inshallah.

Eh??????? I mean EH?????? (twice).
What bloody parallel universe are YOU in?
 
 
+33 # Smokey 2013-02-24 16:33
[quote name="Unicorn14 4"]With the fall of Sun Myung Moon by his adultery, while married; and which produced Sammy Pak in his satanic fallen marriage; the Unification Church is thus now a discarnate tool of Satan the Devil, as a vehicle of complete theological falsehood....an d because of this wine of wrath in their marriages being spread globally this Lie is taking down the Church itself; as their own adulterous drunkeness now proves...

Um, well, that's certainly very interesting. Your comments are as wise as some of others that I've recently read and - who knows? - you may be correct.

The Roman Catholic church may be the original multinational corporation. The Vatican has lots of power in lots of places. Like every big corporation, "the Church" has a few scandals hidden away. Power corrupts.
 
 
+32 # Gogojoe 2013-02-24 16:53
what happened??
Lose your tin foil hat?
 
 
+18 # Pickwicky 2013-02-24 16:54
Holy Cow!
 
 
+21 # pstamler 2013-02-24 17:21
Wha-a?
 
 
+65 # divadoc 2013-02-24 14:41
What would be the big surprise? Has it EVER worked out to suppress the sexual drive? Talk about pushing the river! To the degree that this report is true, I say hallelujah! Let all the poison that lurks in the mud hatch out. The only chance for Catholicism to survive - - and I'm not saying it needs to or doesn't - - is to acknowledge that the suppression experiment - - suppression of clergical sexuality, and even more basic, suppression of the feminine principle entirey - - has failed. As it 'walk the talk'. As in 'the American nuns have it right: get to work doing the work Jesus was doing and wanted continued, the work of kindness, compassion, awareness, love."
I say, again, hallelujah. Some mails need blacking.
 
 
+8 # Above God 2013-02-24 15:01
Jesus, Benedict XVI was the head of the Inquisition before he was named Pope. Benedict could order burning at the stake, boiled in oil, flayed alive or the rack. I an disappointed that the Holy See has become so powerless.
 
 
+26 # Glen 2013-02-24 16:07
This is not surprising. Anyone remember the protestors in place when this pope was put into office? They had a point.

When it comes to the Vatican, anything is possible. They are not above human tendencies.
 
 
+13 # RobertMStahl 2013-02-24 16:09
When ze Pope took office, the first words out of his mouth were that it was time to resolve the crisis of moral relativity, a planetary approach that never had any spine to begin with. Methinks some cohorts in crime and their 'complimentary' relationships are of historical importance, still, meaning, nothing at all has been done. Where is Rudolf Steiner when you need him? Is the black Pope still in robe?
 
 
+52 # lockerh 2013-02-24 16:13
If they would simply come into the modern world where sexuality is a natural thing, it would be better for all of us. We wouldn't have to read reports like this any more.
 
 
+14 # tswhiskers 2013-02-25 09:35
As a matter of fact, priests were allowed to marry until about 1000 A.D. The rule of chastity was a big mistake, even for an infallible pope. It has occasioned a lot of adultery, fornication and much corruption.
 
 
+5 # kelly 2013-02-25 11:16
It had to be later than that. Remember the Borgias?
 
 
+3 # shraeve 2013-02-26 00:44
Alexander VI was not officially married when he was Pope.
 
 
+3 # kelly 2013-02-26 08:03
Naturally. Sorry, my bad.
 
 
+87 # reiverpacific 2013-02-24 16:22
The Vatican might be a hotbed of intrigue and backbiting as suggested but it's still a WEALTHY hotbed, like all historically entrenched paternalistic purveyors of holy blackmail and guilt who fleece the poor by making reason a sin.
Maybe they are being hoisted with their own petards at last.
I've seen some very moving examples of what a priesthood -and at times a sisterhood of nuns- should be in different parts of the world -always in remote, impoverished and isolated areas where the priest has to depend on the goodwill not only of his parishioners but the area or village community outwith his parish too, just to survive.
The Maryknoll sisters also do much for abandoned children unconditionally -they really helped us with the adoption of our daughter in Java, Indonesia.
So where are all the Vatican billions for these truly good ministers in the outer lands when they are so needed for many reasons including food and medicine?
Like any pyramid structure with all the wealth at the top, trickle-down doesn't work, either materially or spiritually.
I prefer the sharing and gifting culture of the American Indians and other indigenous "savages" that the Catholic "Blackrobes" tried to assimilate or exterminate, where the "chief" or most respected elder was often the most materially poor person in the the tribe as it was his appointed task to see all basics distributed.
The invaders and their churches never could comprehend this in their lust for power and wealth.
 
 
+6 # shraeve 2013-02-26 00:54
"So where are all the Vatican billions for these truly good ministers in the outer lands when they are so needed for many reasons including food and medicine?"

Paying for male prostitutes and paying off the parents of little boys?
 
 
+12 # reiverpacific 2013-02-24 16:23
The Vatican might be a hotbed of intrigue and backbiting as suggested but it's still a WEALTHY hotbed, like all historically entrenched paternalistic purveyors of holy blackmail and guilt who fleece the poor by making reason a sin.
Maybe they are being hoisted with their own petards at last.
I've seen some very moving examples of what a priesthood -and at times a sisterhood of nuns- should be in different parts of the world -always in remote, impoverished and isolated areas where the priest has to depend on the goodwill not only of his parishioners but the area or village community outwith his parish too, just to survive.
The Maryknoll sisters also do much for abandoned children unconditionally -they really helped us with the adoption of our daughter in Java, Indonesia.
So where are all the Vatican billions for these truly good ministers in the outer lands when they are so needed for many reasons including food and medicine?
Like any pyramid structure with all the wealth at the top, trickle-down doesn't work, either materially or spiritually.
I prefer the sharing and gifting culture of the American Indians and other indigenous "savages" that the Catholic "Blackrobes" tried to assimilate or exterminate, where the "chief" or most respected elder was often the most materially poor person in the the tribe as it was his appointed task to see all basics distributed.
The invaders and their churches never could comprehend this in their lust for power and wealth.
 
 
+28 # reiverpacific 2013-02-24 17:29
Sorry ffffolks _ I didn't mean to post twice. Dyslexic digits at work again I'm afraid.
Aging's shitty, innit?
 
 
+19 # jjj 2013-02-25 09:13
Quoting reiverpacific:
Sorry ffffolks _ I didn't mean to post twice. Dyslexic digits at work again I'm afraid.
Aging's shitty, innit?

REIVERPACIFIC your post is so good it could go up 3 times. As for aging- as my father used to say: "it beats the alternative".
 
 
+40 # JSRaleigh 2013-02-24 16:32
Wonder which commandment child molesting priests & covering up for them comes under?
 
 
+10 # ScottShuster 2013-02-24 16:39
Dear Mark - just want to know what are the most thumbs up and thumbs down ever received?
 
 
+9 # Okieangels 2013-02-24 16:45
This "news flash" comes from "La Reppublica," an Italian newspaper of the same caliber as the National Enquirer. While I don't doubt the presence of gay clerics in the Vatican, I highly doubt they're worried about blackmail. A more interesting story is the homophobic cardinal in Scotland accused by some of his priests of sexual harassment.
 
 
+55 # Ralph Averill 2013-02-24 17:00
Homosexuality in the Vatican? I am shocked, I say. Shocked! Next will we hear of pedophilia?!! Aiding and abetting child predators? What nonsense! Gross hypocrisy? Not the Vatican.
How can you be a hypocrite when you're infallible?
 
 
-52 # Joeconserve 2013-02-24 18:15
Why am I not surprised that RSN and all these contributors will draw such conclusions. As soon as the Pope made his announcement I said to myself, "Here it comes. It will be a race that all the latte drinkers will want to be first in the condemnation. None will understand what will have taken place."

Amazing!
 
 
+26 # Doubter 2013-02-24 20:37
Amazing is right!
I am amazed at such deep understanding but am not in the least surprised that members of all male institutions like the church and Boy Scouts turn their poorly repressed sexual instincts on each other. Did anyone expect otherwise when this has always been the case?
Let us wallow in understanding and praise instead of partaking in small minded condemnation!
 
 
+14 # reiverpacific 2013-02-24 23:45
Quoting Joeconserve:
Why am I not surprised that RSN and all these contributors will draw such conclusions. As soon as the Pope made his announcement I said to myself, "Here it comes. It will be a race that all the latte drinkers will want to be first in the condemnation. None will understand what will have taken place."

Amazing!

Keep talking to yourself -you're the only one who makes any sense to you.
And while you are at it, why do you even bother with RSN? It works because of open-mindedness inclusiveness and the power of reason however diverse and sometimes disparate and disagreeing.
Show me or point me to a conservative, right-wing forum that doesn't filter opposing viewpoints and I'll go there and try to make a cogent argument or two. So far I've had "No admittance": stuffed down my throat at every attempt.
Your blinkers are showing at every post.
And by the way, o' broad-brush-pai nting, uber-conformist , I NEVER drink Lattes. I prefer "carajillos" (Belt o' espresso with a healthy shot of Fundador brandy and a cube of sugar).
Try it sometime: it might bring you back to life.
Have a nice Nescafé and milquetoast to dip in it.
Amazing!
 
 
+14 # Walter J Smith 2013-02-25 09:27
RE: riverpacific: "Keep talking to yourself - you're the only one who makes any sense to you."

I love that line! Tell it to the whole GOP AND to the Democrats!

Then maybe the US can begin confronting the depths of depravity in Washington, D. C., and Wall Street, either or both of which are as "intrinsically disordered" as the Vatican.
 
 
+4 # kyzipster 2013-02-25 09:35
I might be insulted if you called me a Folgers drinker.
 
 
+7 # bmiluski 2013-02-25 11:35
Tell me Joeconserve.... .why do you people have to always revert to name calling? Latte drinkers????... .really????
 
 
+5 # NOMINAE 2013-02-26 00:48
Quoting bmiluski:
Tell me Joeconserve.....why do you people have to always revert to name calling? Latte drinkers????....really????


They get that bilge from Right Wing "think" tanks like the Heritage Institute. It is simply regurgitated propaganda pablum. It's not even clever enough to be offensive, although that is the idea.
 
 
+10 # roger paul 2013-02-24 18:20
Really....who should be surprised, after all this 2000 year old mythic cult is predicated on the fact that their god had sex with an underage Jewish girl. To top it off their savior (According to Mark 14:51-52)was captured in the garden of Gethsemane with a young man wearing only a sheet, which he discarded and ran away naked....makes you wonder if he was indeed praying or Preying!
 
 
-2 # Walter J Smith 2013-02-25 09:29
Oh, man, I have been very confused all these years! I thought that passage meant that God got it on with Joseph and that was why it was a mystery who got Mary knocked up.
 
 
+3 # shraeve 2013-02-26 00:48
Mary was not underage by the standards of the day.
 
 
+3 # kelly 2013-02-26 08:45
She wouldn't be today if you were a member of the FLDS or some other extremist group today. What's your point?
 
 
+4 # A_Har 2013-02-24 18:24
http://www.markfiore.com/political-cartoons/watch-pope-benedict-resigns-catholic-church-sex-abuse-cardinals-animated-video-mark-fiore-political-animation
 
 
+21 # reiverpacific 2013-02-24 18:56
I know I've said my piece here once but just a little corollary comment and it IS related.
Every time I see something ostentatiously diety, corporate or monarchy-aggran dizing like the English crown jewels, the Vatican finery or some privately held corporate art collection "On loan" to some museum struggling for funds to stay open and share what falls from the collections of the powerful, it makes me wish I had the skills to just spirit it all away and leave these throne rooms and heavy-handed collector's vaults barren so that all could be invited to view or experience art and craft as fresh and vibrant as the day they were created in some democratically established location.
As for the gems and diamonds, I've always wondered at the attraction and worship of crowns and miters which have sat on so few heads or been held by so few hands. Especially as most of the gaspers on viewing these have aesthetic vocabularies verging on the non-existent (Does the Mona Lisa HAVE to be mounted in a velvet-lined frame?).
I'm an artist BTW.
So I'll leave you to the Oscars, the latter-day manifestation of this worship of glitterati and the mystery of power and wealth maintained so ruthlessly over so many centuries by such brutal means. O' well at least the Oscars are without executions -just a bunch of gawpers who need to get a life.
I mean, how much do some of these dresses cost again?
Talk about the blind leading the blinded!
 
 
+3 # kelly 2013-02-25 11:33
Ugh. Oscars. I get so tired of these bloody award shows. Why don't they just look at the box office results? Oh I know there are the artistic and musical, etc. Things those of us who buy the discs go back and look for, but most aren't quite so picky.And The People's Choice, Golden Globe, Academy Awards did I leave something out? There are way too many...
 
 
+13 # rogelio l. ordonez 2013-02-24 19:00
So what's new? Since the medieval period, the Church has been notorious as regards some sexual escapades of popes, cardinals and ordinary priests. Barbara Tucman, in her book, "March of Folly," vividly recounts what's now recorded in the annals of pornography as the "Ballet of the Chestnuts." In the book "Holy Horrors," James A. Haught reveals some sexual data involving even the papacy.
 
 
+4 # rogelio l. ordonez 2013-02-24 19:09
So what's new? Since the Medieval Period, the Church has been infamous for sexual scandals involving ordinary priests, abbots, cardinals, and even the popes. Barbara Tuchman, in her book "March of Folly," vividly recounts what's been recorded in the annals of pornography as "The Ballet of the Chestnuts." James A. Haught, in his "Holy Horrors," reveals some data as regards sexual escapades of some popes.
 
 
0 # m... 2013-02-24 19:13
Bling Bling and Abbra Ka Dabbra..!
 
 
+7 # Kimberly999 2013-02-24 22:05
Real churches do not have banks or diplomatic status...they shine in the realm of the spirit. Tying oneself to mammon is to invite Satan in...
 
 
+2 # Walter J Smith 2013-02-25 09:31
"The Kingdom of God is within you." Jesus.

Bless you, dear angel.
 
 
+10 # bmiluski 2013-02-25 11:38
SPIRITUALITY = the search for knowledge/enlightenment.

RELIGION = the search for reward.
 
 
+2 # fjgajewski 2013-02-24 23:40
Here's an interesting paper on this very subject by a Polish scholar:

http://en.gloria.tv/?media=351791
 
 
+3 # Luis Emilio 2013-02-25 13:17
fjgajewskiQuoting fjgajewski:
Here's an interesting paper on this very subject by a Polish scholar:
http://en.gloria.tv/?media=351791


I went to the site and I read the whole article. The position of the author is that there is a (vast) conspiracy of the homosexuals, inside and outside of the church. The conspirators form a kind of mafia; this mafia is (according with the article), is the culprit, not only of the sexual abuse, but also of the cover up.
Sorry but this explanation does not satisfy me: just think that John Paul II new of the pedophiles in the church but he never said anything, even when he publish an encyclical asking for forgiven for the faults of the church. In that document he didn't said a word about the pedophile priests.
 
 
+6 # flippancy 2013-02-26 10:53
He was not only the priest in charge of covering up the pedophilia, but also a Hitler Youth.

FWIW, pedophilia is almost unknown amongst homosexuals.

I'm not a Catholic, my parents left the church before I was born, but I've seen the massive amout of good done by Catholic Charities, which has to beg for funds which are not forthcoming from the church, and I admire the "Nuns on the bus" so I can't condemn the whole church. I've also known some amazing priests who performed so much good and helped so many that it pains me to see what has become (or rather remained) of the hierarchy.

It's kind of like a police department, the good ones are spectacular people and the bad ones are wretched scumbags.
 
 
+18 # earlymusicus 2013-02-25 01:35
Why should anyone be surprised at this news? Any seat of power is always corrupted. Doesn't matter if it's a church or a government - any human institution is liable to corruption by humans. The vatican has its own dark history, too. Just because it's run by and for clergy, doesn't mean it's holy and pure. And when is the Swiss Guard going to get rid of those silly pajamas they call uniforms? And when are the high-ranking clergy going to stop with the gold, the jewels, the money, the palaces? They go around, preaching to the poor to stay poor and to be happy in their poverty, all the while the clergy live in luxury. Does anyone see the hypocrisy of that? A bunch of MEN telling women they should be forever pregnant! What a joke it all is - a sick, sick joke.
 
 
+4 # suntortise 2013-02-25 02:16
Unicorn 144 might be nutty as a fruitcake, but i gave her a +1 for creativity, and more than a germ of truth. The Moonies have behaved very satanically in many areas, to wit right wing politics as exemplified by the pseudo newspaper "Washington Times"
 
 
+1 # karenvista 2013-02-27 02:21
And the Moonies pay for the National Prayer Breakfast which everyone in Washington is afraid to miss. Our fearless leaders even crowned him at one of the Prayer Breakfasts.
 
 
-6 # tuandon 2013-02-25 06:18
Yawn.
 
 
+12 # moby doug 2013-02-25 10:38
Let's see: Cardinal RATzinger, aka Pope Benedict, started out in the 3rd Reich's Hitler Jugend. Then he ran the Inquisition for the Church for 2 decades. Once he became Pope, he rewarded the utterly disgraced Cardinal Bernard Law (molester cover-uppper) with a cushy job in the Vatican. Now a hideous scandal about the Irish Archbishop and his gay dalliances has hit the headlines. Sounds to me like the the Ratzinger is scuttling away from a sinking ship. But what are the chances the next infallible pope will be as arch-reactionar y & hypocritical as his predecessors have been?
 
 
+2 # djgreeneyes 2013-02-27 07:55
moby - I agree with you about the despicable Bernard Law, but the latest news relates to a Scottish prelate, not Irish. Also - the doctrine is that the Pope is only infallible when speaking "from the Chair" about matters of faith. This has only happened twice. Re: the future - JPII and Benedict have "stacked the deck" of Cardinals with like-minded men. It will take the Holy Spirit to enable change now.
 
 
-3 # Rehmat 2013-02-25 11:45
Pope Benedict XVI in his last Sunday sermon that he may have left the Papacy but not the Vatican. That mean his will use his connections to appoint his successor who would continue his policy of "friendship with Jews". For examole, Pope John Paul II had visited Synagogue once in his 26 year papacy. In the short span of six years, Pope Benedict XVI has already visited three of them.

In 2011, Benedict had appointed David Maria Jaeger, an Israeli-born Zionist Jew converted to Catholism, as a prelate auditor of the Roman Rota, a papal law court that serves as the chief appellate court of the Catholic Church.

John Vennari in January 11, 2013 article, titled, Judaism and the Church: before and after Vatican II, criticized Pope Benedict XVI for distorting the basic Catholic theology to appease the Jews.

“Throughout his writings over the years on the subject of Catholic-Jewish relations, Pope Benedict has neglected to emphasize the duty of Catholics to work and pray for the conversion of the Jews to the Catholic Faith. Instead, his consistent thrust has been to teach that Jews and Christians should be a “common witness” to the one God,” wrote Vennari.

http://rehmat1.com/2013/02/11/pope-benedict-xvi-exit-saddens-chief-rabbi/
 
 
+5 # roger paul 2013-02-25 13:46
Quoting Rehmat: "the duty of Catholics to work and pray for the conversion of the Jews to the Catholic Faith."

It is my firm belief that the above statement shows the insecurity of all religions and their adherents. Why is it in politics and religion people that hold differing beliefs are "demonized?" Why is it that humans only feel comfortable around those that think like themselves? The bottom line is as stated above - insecurity. Think, what kind of forest, or for that matter any ecological zone, would be like if only one species of plant (or animal) grew their .... boring and unstable. It is time to stop conversions and celebrate diversity in all its manifestations. If Catholics want to pray let them pray that the hierarchy of their church act more like their supposed founder.
 
 
+12 # jemila 2013-02-25 14:19
oh for chrissake -- so now the vatican, which historically participated in supporting the extermination of Jews by Hitler, is to be criticized for doing the only progressive thing it may ever have done, in making friends with Jews?

i understand you're one of those fundamentalist wackos who believe that everyone who doesn't agree with YOUR religion is evil, but we humans don't see it that way.

please don't reproduce, and don't work with children.

we should all work and pray for the conversion of religious fundamentalists of every religion - including catholic, to compassionate humanism.

catholic monk Thomas Merton was a model of spiritual common-ground-f inding with Hindus, Buddhists, etc -- please check out any of his many books -- very inspirng

also please check out the works and writings of PROGRESSIVE catholics like Dorothy Day and the Berrigan brothers who fought for the rights of the poor, the working class, and for peace ( and also many catholic nuns and priests in South america who were assassinated for their work for the poor working class, resisting the huge multinational corporations)

and also Matthew Fox who was excommunicated for his progressive views but is still going strong!

while the heirarchy at the top is rotten and stinking, and thank god it's getting exposed to the disinfectant of sunlight, there are many everyday catholics doing wonderful work

( I am a pro-choice buddhist/ hindu, for the record)
 
 
+3 # Collier Hageman 2013-02-25 15:42
"Young fellow, the situation is ALWAYS grave and the Empire is ALWAYS in peril."
 
 
+5 # markday 2013-02-25 18:24
Two Rome newspapers broke the story of the gay Vatican network and blackmail by the gay prostitutes. So far, nobody has named names or pushed these newspaper editors to the wall to prove the veracity of these stories. As a journaist, i am convinced there must be something truth to thesestories, but in the absence of more documentation, i have to remain skeptical. why are most mainline journalists so lazy as to not chase down this story and get more facts. that includes the Guardian
 
 
-1 # thetruth101 2013-02-26 14:12
CORRECTION TO THE AUTHOR:
The sixth commandment its not about ADULTERY but against fornication (inmoral sex, ie. homosexual sex, promiscouity, sex outside marriage, with minors, etc)
 
 
+1 # hammermann 2013-02-26 17:36
The denal of normal sex and wives for preists by the Catholic Church is the central perversion that has mestasticized throughout it- corrupting and poisoning everything. Done to retain property within the Church (no inheritance) and control subjects. The Orthodox Church, which let's preists marry, hasn't had a fraction of those problems.
 
 
+1 # Midwestgeezer 2013-02-26 18:32
The Holy Roman Catholic Fraud... Their sin seems to me to be sheer hypocrisy. Who cares if the whole curia is gay? They should all "come out" and proudly proclaim their sexual choice and let those who wish, marry women. What a mess they have made of the whole rotten system! As to Pope Bendict,he was a member of Hitler's Jugend but excuses it because of he was "a naive youth". Bullshit! Teen's knew damned well what A. Hitler was about and it fit right in with the church's long standing anti-semitism.
 
 
0 # Global Canadian 2013-02-27 10:51
Do all of you lapsed, non-believing, non-supporting and/or ex-Catholics know that UNLESS you have personally written to the Vatican to have yourself removed from their "baptised" list, you are still counted when the Vatican announces how many Catholics there are in the world? One should officially leave the church if you are no longer a supporter...... they will never stop counting you as a body otherwise. I have heard recently that Spain has the largest number of Catholics writing to be removed from their count......
 

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