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Pope Francis Admits There Is A Vatican ‘Gay Lobby’

by Jean Ann Esselink on June 12, 2013

in Bigotry Watch,Jean Ann Esselink,News,Religion

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In the days after Pope Benedict’s surprise abdication, the Italian newspaper La Republica published unsubstantiated reports that the departing pontiff may have opened himself up to blackmail from what was termed the Vatican “gay lobby,” fueling speculation that Pope Benedict may be secretly gay. LaRepublica’s suspicions were raised by the fact Pope Benedict resigned on the same day he received the report he had commissioned on corruption in the Vatican. The report is said to have mentioned several competing factions in the Vatican, including one “united by sexual orientation,” which LaRepublica assumes refers to a “gay lobby.” The corruption report, prepared by three hand-picked cardinals, also specified meeting places for this group of gay clergy in and around Rome, including a sauna, a beauty parlor, and the university residence of an Italian archbishop. Further fanning the flames of speculation is the Vatican’s lack of denial. Father Federico Lombardi, the official spokesman made this statement:

“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.”

This week, Pope Francis, who replaced Pope Benedict, told a group of Catholic clergy from Latin America that the Vatican “gay lobby” does indeed exist. According to Reuters, the pontiff made the observation June 6, in a meeting with a group known as CLAR - Latin American and Caribbean Confederation of Religious, which inadvertently published his remarks on the Chilean website Reflection and Liberation. Pope Francis: (translated from the original Spanish)

“In the Curia,  there are also holy people, really, there are holy people. But there also is a stream of corruption, there is that as well, it is true. The ‘gay lobby’ is mentioned, and it is true, it is there… We need to see what we can do,”

CLAR has apologized for revealing Pope Francis’ remarks, but did not refute the substance of them. For his part, official Vatican spokesman Lombardi was true to form:

It was a private meeting, thereforehave no comment to make on the contents of the conversation”.

Pope Francis’ confirmation that an organized group of gay clergy exists in the Vatican is an interesting development. Much more concerning is what Pope Francis meant by: “we’ll have to see what we can do.”

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tncrmJean Ann Esselink is a straight friend to the gay community. Proud and loud Liberal. Closet writer of political fiction. Black sheep agnostic Democrat from a conservative Catholic family. Living in Northern Oakland County Michigan with Puck the Wonder Beagle.

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eagander June 12, 2013 at 8:46 pm

He’s right. They’re called “priests”!

4n0ny_Mous October 5, 2013 at 6:31 pm

Lmao didn't the Pope just say that gays were equal to all living souls and weren't damned eternally with sin? I'm pretty sure it happened. All sin is equal. Accept it and stop spreading propaganda! Write something useful and let people make their own decisions…

robertlechef October 12, 2013 at 10:22 pm

Read the entirety of what he said. He said nothing of the sort. He can't tell you who is damned. No pope has or ever will. It's heresy.

And all sin is equal? Uh, are you CRAZY?? So murder is equal to theft or rape? Come on. And why do you think there are seven mortal sins? They're the chief sins, And according to the Church, there is one sin that is unforgivable and that is the rejection of God.

I think you need to stop spreading propaganda. All sins are certainly not equal and that is a hideous lie. And just because it's your decision doesn't make it an okay one. Hitler chose to do what he did all on his own, yet I don't see you saying "well, it was his own decision". Morality is morality whether you accept it or not.

StanJames January 25, 2014 at 5:23 am

IMO The butler biz is about 30 mil the vat bank laundered for the mafia. So to both stigmatize gays and at the same time try and deflect from many issues, eg molester priests, rants against equal marriage the vat tries to say the gays are in bed with the Mobsters.

Kind of a double deal. IN chicago re the state assemply marriage battle, Cardinal george did the same sort of thing and called the gay pride parade a KKK event. Dumber then4#!t wecan all guess the kluxers psoition re gays

So I dug up the many articlles abou his hiding molesters and a lawyer I know got into sealed records about how Georgie boy also tried to get sentences reduced convcted priests

This info may well have gotten us the 5 needed votes (we got ^) for marriage

Waiting t o see if Pope Francis will Ex comm this (23456) person

robertlechef October 12, 2013 at 10:28 pm

Pope Benedict gay? Please. That's just desperate and pathetic. There is certainly a gay lobby in the Church. Many in the Church are afraid of speaking out against them (documented quite thoroughly). It was either the Salon or some other left leaning site that did an expose on the rampant gay lobby and corruption of the Archdiocese of Miami, for example. The lobby is very powerful. In fact, the whole "child abuse" scandal wasn't a child abuse scandal at all since over 80% of cases involved post-pubescent male teenagers. This was a homosexual scandal. However, the media have warped it into a scandal of pedophilia when it wasn't even remotely the case.

Why all the lies? In the end, they will come back and hurt gays.

StanJames January 25, 2014 at 5:31 am

<div id="idc-comment-msg-div-788563751" class="idc-message"><a class="idc-close" title="Click to Close Message" href="javascript: IDC.ui.close_message(788563751)"><span>Close Message</span> Comment posted. <p class="idc-nomargin"><a class="idc-share-facebook" target="_new" href="; style="text-decoration: none;"><span class="idc-share-inner"><span>Share on Facebook</span></span> or <a href="javascript: IDC.ui.close_message(788563751)">Close MessageBullcrap – the big thing that cam out of the john jay report was that when many more gays enetered the priesthood in the 80s and 90s the molestation rate collapsed.

The issue is what might be called childhood cellibacy – if you bring up kids w/ sex is dirty, forbidden, same re masturbation you warp their minds

Ultimately some go bad, prob many mroe would but have enough sense to not do bad things.

the reusllts of the study also said that older gay priests also molested somewhat less then str8s – because they were having a good time with each other under the radar.

As for the 79 % f the vctims were male – the church didnt allow women to be altar girls till quite recently, done by Diocese

BTW your one of the very very few who even dare to bring up the subject as you did

Welcome to the church of the endless hidden molestation of children by warped minds re sex

And yes being gay is perfectly normal. After going to places like Iceland and denmark whre there is no closet, about 8-9% admit to being gay

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