COMMENT: We’ve posted several times  in connection with the resignation of Benedict XVI . Media speculation has centered on a report submitted to Ratzinger/Benedict detailing blackmail of a powerful “Velvet Mafia” of gay prelates inside the Vatican.
Apparently blackmailed by outsiders over their extensive and relatively visible liaisons, this group appears to have had dealings with the Vatican bank –long a focus of intrigue and covert fascist machinations .
One can but wonder what “outside” interests have been doing the blackmailing? Was it just the Velvet Mafia that was the focus of the blackmail or did the extensive priest molestation scandals factor in as well?
In this context, it is worth remembering that central to the exercise of the Catholic faith is the ritual of confession.
Secrets of the confessional have long been significant political capital, of interest to intelligence services and/or potential blackmailers.
The latest disclosures call to mind a joke by the San Francisco-based comedian Will Durst. In the 1980’s, he observed that the disclosure that Catholic priests were at “high-risk” for AIDS has created a crisis at the Vatican.
The curia is afraid that they are finally going to have to admit that priests are sharing needles!
EXCERPT: A potentially explosive report has linked the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI to the discovery of a network of gay prelates in the Vatican, some of whom – the report said – were being blackmailed by outsiders.
The pope’s spokesman declined to confirm or deny the report, which was carried by the Italian daily newspaper La Repubblica.
The paper said the pope had taken the decision on 17 December that he was going to resign – the day he received a dossier compiled by three cardinals delegated to look into the so-called “Vatileaks” affair.
Last May Pope Benedict’s butler, Paolo Gabriele, was arrested and charged with having stolen and leaked papal correspondence that depicted the Vatican as a seething hotbed of intrigue and infighting.
According to La Repubblica, the dossier comprising “two volumes of almost 300 pages – bound in red” had been consigned to a safe in the papal apartments and would be delivered to the pope’s successor upon his election.
The newspaper said the cardinals described a number of factions, including one whose members were “united by sexual orientation”.
In an apparent quotation from the report, La Repubblica said some Vatican officials had been subject to “external influence” from laymen with whom they had links of a “worldly nature”. The paper said this was a clear reference to blackmail. . . .
EXCERPT: Pope Benedict XVI has claimed that he’s resigning the papacy next week because of old age. But according to the major Italian newspaper La Repubblica, the real reason he resigned is because he did not want to deal the repercussions of a secret 300-page Vatican dossier that allegedly found, among other things, an underground network of high-ranking gay clergy, complete with sex parties and shady dealings with the already scandal-ridden Vatican bank. Here’s what we know:
- The report sounds menacing. According to La Repubblica, the dossier comes in two volumes, “two folders hard-bound in red” with the header “pontifical secret.”
- Pope Benedict asked for the investigation. “The paper said the pope had taken the decision on 17 December that he was going to resign — the day he received a dossier compiled by three cardinals delegated to look into the so-called ‘Vatileaks’ affair,” according to the The Guardian’s translation of the report.
- The Vatican has a Velvet Mafia — and the Velvet Mafia is being blackmailed. The dossier alleges that a gay lobby exists within the Church, and has some sort of control on the careers of those in the Vatican. The dossier also alleges that this group isn’t as covert as it thinks — and got blackmailed by people on the outside.