Vatican Newspaper Editor Accused Rival Of Being Gay, Harassing Lover’s Wife

In-fighting between editors of two Vatican City newspapers led one to claim his rival was secretly a homosexual, reports the Telegraph.

A new book, His Holiness: The Secret Papers of Benedict XVI—basically a Wikileaks-like collection of leaked Vatican letters, memos and e-mails—claims Gian Maria Vian, editor of L’Osservatore Romano, manufactured evidence that Dino Boffo, editor of L’Avvenire, had a gay affair with a married man and harassed his wife.

L’Osservatore is essentially the Pope’s official newspaper. Though it has taken a more objective journalistic approach in recent years–even praising how Oscar Wilde “lucidly analysed the modern world”—it works hand-in-hand with the Vatican on most items.

Though Boffo claimed he was innocent—and the allegations were eventually disproven—the rumors hit the mainstream press and Boffo resigned in 2009.

Boffo later pointed a finger at Vian:

Months after the scandal, he wrote to the Pope’s private secretary claiming that he had found out that it was Mr Vian, the editor of L’Osservatore Romano, who had leaked the false dossier.

He speculated that the bid to topple him was part of a power play within the Catholic hierarchy.

While Mr Vian has not publicly commented on the accusations, the Vatican has jumped to his defence, saying that he had nothing to do with the affair.

The Vatican is p.o’d about the publication of His Holiness, which also recounts bribes and donations made to procure an audience with the Pope, and details about Benedict’s personal finances.

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  • EdWoody

    The most surprising part about this story is that there are two Vatican newspapers.

  • B

    No. 1 · EdWoody wrote, “The most surprising part about this story is that there are two Vatican newspapers.”

    Well, in the (former) Soviet Union, there were also two newspapers, at least two national newspapers. One was called Pravda and the other Izvestia. “Pravda” is the Russian word for “truth” and “izvestia” is the Russian word for “news”, leading to the inevitable Russian joke, “There’s no Truth in the News and no News in the Truth.”

  • JTN

    The comment about Oscar Wilde is not at all surprising – or an indication of anything in particular. Wilde was in love with the Catholic Church for most of his adult life [read his letters] and converted to Catholicism on his death bed. His good friend Robbie Ross was a devote Catholic.

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