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February 22, 2013

Vatican Investigation Uncovers A Network Of Gay Prelates In The Papal Palace

Gossip And Intrigue In Vatican City: Is A Gay Scandal About To Erupt? Is the Pope Gay?

There have been fags in Vatican City, and at the highest levels of the Roman Catholic church, since the dawn of time.

Historians believe that Pope Paul II (1464-1471), Pope Sixtus IV (1471-1484), and Pope Julius III (1550-1555) were gay Popes. The artists Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci were allegedly gay as well.

Is the current Pope gay?

Today -- there are openly gay men who are parish priests, and there are closet case Cardinals getting ready for the conclave to choose the next Pope. [Please Note: Don’t confuse pedophile priests that were involved in the clergy abuse scandal with gay priests, because they aren’t one and the same.]

When Pope Benedict XVI resigned, it was rather bizarre that there was no explanation, except that he was old. I wondered whether he would still be Pope Benedict XVI with the grand dresses, or if he would have to revert to being Joseph Ratzinger, a Cardinal in a red dress.

The Guardian newspaper is reporting that the Pope’s resignation was caused by an internal Vatican inquiry that discovered a network of gay Vatican officials, that we would refer to as a “gay mafia.”

I’ve worked at companies where there was a “gay mafia” - or gay network of employees - and I can only presume that a similar network exists at the Vatican.

Guardian reporter John Hooper writes [emphasis mine]:
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 pope's spokesman declined to confirm or deny the report, which was carried by the Italian daily newspaper La Republica.

Blackmailed by outsiders? Why would a Vatican official allow themselves to be blackmailed? Any sane person would go to the police or authorities, to report that someone was trying to extort money from them. Anyone could go to the police, and I would think they would be discreet. Right?

Anyone could go to the authorities - unless the person being blackmailed was the Pope himself. I’m not suggesting that the Pope is gay, and I’m not suggesting that he was being blackmailed. I am suggesting that he is probably the only person who lives in Vatican City that can’t slip out the door to take a walk, or go to the local police department to file a report. That kind of information would eventually be leaked to the press.

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". 
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.
Pope Benedict XVI has continually made anti-gay and virulently homophobic remarks since he became the Pope. He has ordered that every Catholic diocese work to defeat gay marriage initiatives. If the Pope is gay - the repercussions would be enormous - though who really cares at this point, as he would never admit that publicly.

What I find interesting is the fact that my old pal Andrew Sullivan, the devout gay Catholic blogger, speculated that Pope Benedict XVI could be a gay man on August 15, 2010. Andrew’s Daily Dish blog post was entitled “The Pope Is Not Gay.” He wrote [emphasis mine]:

It seems pretty obvious to me - as it does to Angelo Quattrochi, whose book is reviewed by Toibin - that the current Pope is a gay man (just as it was blindingly clear that John Paul II was straight). I am not claiming that Benedict is someone who has explored his sexuality, or has violated his own strictures on the matter. There is absolutely no evidence of that, or of hypocrisy of any sort. But that does not mean that he isn't gay. In fact, Ratzinger's command that gay priests should actively lie about their orientation makes any public statement about this on its face lacking in credibility. But when you look at the Pope's mental architecture (I've read a great deal of his writing over the last two decades) you do see that strong internal repression does make sense of his life and beliefs. At times, it seems to me, his gayness is almost wince-inducing. The prissy fastidiousness, the effeminate voice, the fixation on liturgy and ritual, and the over-the-top clothing accessories are one thing. But what resonates with me the most is a theology that seems crafted from solitary introspection into a perfect, abstract unity of belief. It is so perfect it reflects a life of withdrawal from the world of human relationship, rather than an interaction with it. Of course, this kind of work is not inherently homosexual; but I have known so many repressed gay men who can only live without severe pain in the world if they create a perfect abstraction of what it is, and what their role is in it.
Pope Benedict XVI has a personal secretary who is by his side 24/7. In 1992 he met Fr. Georg Gaenswein, a dashing Bavarian priest who became his personal secretary. Andrew says that some priests refer to Gaenswein as “”

Writer Colm Tóibín describes Gaenswein asremarkably handsome, a cross between George Clooney and Hugh Grant, but, in a way, more beautiful than either.” Toibin transcribed a radio interview with Gaenswein, where he described “a day in the life” of the Pope.  

The pope’s day begins with the seven o’clock Mass, then he says prayers with his breviary, followed by a period of silent contemplation before our Lord. Then we have breakfast together, and so I begin the day’s work by going through the correspondence. Then I exchange ideas with the Holy Father, then I accompany him to the ‘Second Loggia’ for the private midday audiences. Then we have lunch together; after the meal we go for a little walk before taking a nap. In the afternoon I again take care of the correspondence. I take the most important stuff which needs his signature to the Holy Father.
They purportedly nap together in the same room, and sleep at night in the same room. Go figure.

In the London Review of Books Colm Tóibín reviewed The Pope Is Not Gay by Angelo Quattrocchi, translated by Romy Clark Giuliani. Quattrochi described when Cardinal Ratzinger met Father Gaenswein.

About ten years before he became pope, when age was beginning to take its toll and was maybe sharpening the secret internal rage, Ratzy [Ratzinger] met Don Giorgio [Gänswein]. And it was a spark of life amid the doctrinal darkness … So we can at least imagine how a pure soul becomes inflamed when it meets its soulmate, when a nearly 70-year-old prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith meets a brilliant 40-year-old priest from his native Bavaria who shares the same outlook on the world … When we see the photos, which we publish in this book, of Georg putting Ratzy’s little hat on for him, handing him his stole, watching his back, looking after him, accompanying him and helping him as he walks, we cannot help being moved.
Andrew captured how I feel about Pope Benedict XVI succinctly, and this is what he said:
I would like to return to the world where this kind of speculation was disgraceful, unnecessary and blasphemous. But when this Pope has already enabled the rape of children, has covered up the crimes of many priests, when he has responded by blaming gay men for the moral failings of his own church, when he has publicly demanded that gay Catholics remain in the closet, i.e. lie about themselves as a sacred duty ... then such deference becomes much more difficult.
Right now.....all I can say is wow. If we have already learned this much, I’m sure we will learn much more in the coming weeks. If there are any long term repercussions, and the Catholic church wants to change and be more inclusive, this scandal is a good thing. If it’s just going to be more of the same, then the scandal isn’t a good thing.

All signs are pointing to “Ratzy might be gay.” I wonder who will tell the Pope that he’s gay? My vote goes to Honey Boo Boo and her Uncle Poodle, ‘cause everybody’s a little gay', and that seemingly goes for the Pope too.

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