Pope Francis Admits Existence of Vatican ‘Gay Lobby’
Pope Francis admitted that there is a ‘gay lobby’ at work inside the Vatican, a reversal from earlier statements from the Holy See denying its existence.
The Associated Press reports that the Pontiff acknowledged the ‘gay lobby’ in private remarks to the leadership of a major Latin American church group. After a June 6 papal audience, leaders of the Latin American and Caribbean Confederation of the Religious (CLAR) confirmed that it had published the Pope’s remarks on the controversial subject.
“In the Curia (the secretive Vatican administrative body overseeing Church governance) there are truly some saints, but there is also a current of corruption,” the Pope is quoted by CLAR. “There is talk of a ‘gay lobby,’ and it’s true, it exists. We have to see what can be done.”
In February, the leading Italian daily La Repubblica reported that the historic resignation of former Pope Benedict XVI was tied to a report prepared by a trio of cardinals detailing a culture of corruption inside the Vatican. The report mentioned the “inappropriate influence” of a ‘gay lobby’ within the Holy See.
At the time of the media reports, the Vatican dismissed the allegations as “unverified, unverifiable or completely false.” If what CLAR reported is true, it appears as if the Vatican may have been lying.
Speaking to AFP about the latest revelation, Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said that “it was a private meeting. I have no comment to make.”
Pope Francis has said that reforming the Roman Curia is one of his top priorities, but that doing so would be “difficult.”
“I cannot carry out the reforms myself,” the Pope said, according to CLAR. “I am very disorganized, I have never been good at this. But the cardinals of the commission will move it forward.”
CLAR issued a statement saying it was very upset that its document containing the Pope’s remarks was published, and offered an apology to the Pontiff. The statement added that “it is clear based on this one cannot attribute with certainty to the Holy Father singular expressions in the text, but just the general sense.”