Francis: 'It's True,' Vatican Has Gay Lobby
Stunning admission in reported comments to private audience
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 12, 2013 1:20 AM CDT
Updated Jun 12, 2013 6:19 AM CDT
In the church's bureaucracy, "there are holy people. But there is also a stream of corruption," Francis told the church group.   (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

(Newser) – Pope Francis has stunned Vatican-watchers by acknowledging that a "gay lobby" exists high up in the church hierarchy. "It is true, it is there ... We need to see what we can do," the pontiff told a key Latin American church group on June 6, according to a synthesis of his remarks prepared by its leaders after a meeting, the AP reports. Further, the BBC notes that Francis alluded to a "stream of corruption" within the Vatican, and told the group he was relying on eight cardinals he appointed to lead reform. "I am very disorganized, I have never been good at this," he said. "But the cardinals of the commission will move it forward."

Francis' comments hearken back to Benedict XVI's resignation, when Italian media reports claimed his decision was sparked by a "Vatileaks" dossier that revealed a network of gay cardinals and priests who were being blackmailed. The Latin American church group has apologized to the pope, saying it was greatly distressed that the document had been published; the audience was a private and unrecorded one, but the group's leadership team together wrote a synthesis of the points he had made for their own personal use. Reads the statement: "One cannot attribute with certainty to the Holy Father singular expressions in the text, but just the general sense."

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Jun 14, 2013 1:31 AM CDT
The Latin American church group has apologized to the pope, saying it was greatly distressed that the document had been published; . That's because Catholics have always preferred a good lie to the truth.
Jun 12, 2013 10:37 AM CDT
There is no god in this world or any world that would condone such actions and crimes against humanity. This is just more proof that all organized religions are phony and completely B.S. They were establish to have power over the people.
Jun 12, 2013 10:34 AM CDT
Jack has it right. Not all homosexual priests (or any other homosexual man) molest boys. Not all heterosexual priests (or any heterosexual man) molest girls. Yes, there are instances of both among the priesthood just as among the general population. But instead of attacking or condemning a person for his sexual orientation, let's concentrate on where the problem really is: priests whose behavior violates their oath of celibacy--whether it's toward children or adults. And I do not believe homosexual or heterosexual proclivity is a choice. Actions or behavior are choices, tendencies or orientations are not.