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The Vatileaks scandal claimed there was a gay mafia within the Vatican curia involving several cardinals - Comment on 2013 February 27

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Sense of crisis gripping the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics. Read more:

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Scandals shock Catholic church

Make no mistake about it: Cardinal Keith O’Brien has not resigned as Scotland’s leading Roman Catholic. He was sacked by the pope. And that is a measure of just how grave the crisis in the world’s biggest church has come.

O’Brien was to retire next month anyway because he will be 75. The usual drill is for a bishop to hand in his resignation to the Pope a few months before the due date and for it to be accepted nunc pro tunc, which in Latin means "now for later". The cardinal handed in his resignation in November, expecting it to take effect later this year.

The pope’s decision that he must stand down immediately came just one day after a newspaper report that three priests and one former priest from his diocese had complained to the pope’s representative to Britain, the nuncio Antonio Mennini, alleging "inappropriate behaviour" towards them in the 1980s.

This adds to the sense of crisis gripping the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics, still reeling from a papal resignation unprecedented in almost 700 years. And only last Friday the punch-drunk church was told by Italian newspaper La Repubblica that a report commissioned from three senior cardinals into the Vatileaks scandal claimed there was a gay mafia within the Vatican curia involving several cardinals.

The paper said that only one copy of the report existed and that it shocked Pope Benedict so much that he locked it in a safe and let it for his successor to handle.

 

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