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Francis: 'It's True,' Vatican Has Gay Lobby

Stunning admission in reported comments to private audience

(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... More »

Pope May Radically Shake Up Vatican Bank

Francis may even close scandal-plagued institution

(Newser) - Pope Francis intends to take a critical look at the scandal-plagued Vatican Bank , with an eye toward restructuring it or even closing it entirely, Vatican sources tell Reuters . While the changes will likely be a while in coming—the pope's first order of business will be shaking up the... More »

Pope: Vatileaks File Will Stay Under Wraps

Benedict will only let his successor see it

(Newser) - After last week's brouhaha , the Pope has decided to keep the Vatileaks probe between him and his successor, NBC News reports. The Vatican said today that the dossier regarding in-house leaks will stay under wraps, despite allegations in the Italian press that it revealed gay priests being blackmailed. A... More »

Italian Paper: Benedict Quit Amid Crazy Scandal

Report says gay priests were blackmailed

(Newser) - Here's a conspiracy theory on Pope Benedict's sudden resignation that wasn't in the first rush of speculation —what if Benedict's decision was linked to a network of gay priests in the Vatican who were being blackmailed by outsiders? That's the premise of a report... More »

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