Former Pope Benedict, who resigned in 2013 – the first pontiff to do so in six decades – wrote in his memoirs that a “gay lobby” does indeed exist in the Vatican, and that it has actively tried to influence church decisions, reported an Italian newspaper that published a summary of his tome on Friday.
The Corriere della Sera daily, which acquired rights to “The Last Conversations,” also specified the pope said nobody pressured him to resign his church position. But his resignation did come amid some chaotic times in the church, ones that were chronicled in the now-famous, so-dubbed “Vatileaks” case, in which Benedict’s butler leaked some of the pope’s personal letters and several church documents that showed an internal power struggle at the Vatican.
Then, Italy’s press put forth the leaks came by way of a faction in the church that wanted to harm Benedict’s reputation and force him to resign.
The ex-pope, who’s been living since his resignation in a former convent located in the garden section of the Vatican, said the “gay lobby” he came to understand existed at the church included four or five people. He also said he was able to “break up this power group,” Reuters reported, citing the Italian newspaper.
The Catholic Church has a long-standing opposition to homosexuality, but gay rights’ activists have been saying for some time that many gays work for the Vatican. And according to the Corriere della Sera, some in the church suspect that this small band of homosexuals working for the Vatican have joined together to bolster their careers and help influence policy put forth by the pope and church.