Pope Francis acknowledged the existence of a long-rumored “gay lobby” in the Roman Curia — the administrative wing of the Holy See that assists Francis with his papal duties — but don’t worry, he’s trying to reform it.
The Pope made the remarks during an audience with the Latin American and Caribbean Confederation of Religious Men and Women, as reported by Chilean Catholic website, Reflexion y LiberaciÃ³n and translated by the Catholic blog Rorate Caeli:
Yes, it is difficult. In the curia there are holy people, truly holy people. But there is also a current of corruption, also there is, it is true… they speak of a ‘Gay Lobby’ and that is true, it is there.. we will have to see what we can do…
The reform of the Roman Curia is something that almost all Cardinals asked for in the Congregations preceding the Conclave. I also asked for it. I cannot promote the reform myself, these matters of administration… I am very disorganized, I have never been good at this. But the cardinals of the Commission will move it forward.
Pope Benedict was rumored to resign earlier this year after a report uncovered several lobbies in the Holy See, including one “united by sexual orientation.” Some of the members of this gay lobby were being blackmailed and Benedict’s decision to retire was — allegedly — influenced by the unfolding scandal. The Vatican, of course, denied the existence of such a faction, but queer we are less than four months later.
The scandal-plagued Vatican has had its fairy share of gay drama, more recently than usual; from the Pope’s Clooney-esque sexetary he’s purportedly living with to Cardinal O’Brien’s secret boyfriend and unwanted overtures to four male priests. Then of course there was the whole gay prostitute ring in 2010 and hidden camera video of priests having sex in bathhouses.
We’ll be damned (more than usual) if this gay lobby doesn’t sound like the only fun part of the Vatican. It’s no wonder everyone’s dragging their robes on this “reformation.”