Pope Francis made his first papal trip to South America Monday, heading to Brazil for World Youth Day, where he was greeted by thousands of well-wishers — and a gay kiss-in. LGBT demonstrators along the papal cavalcade smooched with their partners as the pope wended his way through the packed streets in protest of the Vatican’s policy on — well, really, where do you start?
This won’t be the first beijaco, or kiss-in, during the pope’s visit. LGBT protesters will be kissing during the pope’s major address on Thursday on Copacabana beach.
Meanwhile, back at headquarters, rumor is that the newly appointed head of the Vatican Bank has offered the pope his resignation. According to an Italian publication, Monsignor Battista Ricca has had a long-standing relationship with a Swiss Army guardsman and was alleged to have been caught in several “compromising positions,” which included being caught in an elevator with a hustler. The brouhaha over Ricca’s flamboyant past seems to prove that may actually be something the Vatican can’t turn a blind eye to. Now if only the same could have been said about its pedophilia scandals.