Pope’s resignation not linked with ‘gay conclave’, clarifies Vatican
- Feb 24, 2013, 14:20 PM IST
Rome: The Vatican has refuted Italian media reports that had alleged that the pope's resignation was linked to a secret dossier claiming there was a 'gay network' inside the clergy, saying it was ‘false and damaging’.
According to a report in Daily Mail, La Repubblica newspaper claims the explosive allegations were made in a report into the so-called 'Vatileaks' scandal which was presented to the Pontiff on or around December 17.
The Vatican said that the Italian media was spreading 'false and damaging' reports in an attempt to influence cardinals who would meet in a secret conclave next month to elect a new pope.
Italian newspaper La Repubblica had published an unsourced report claiming the secret dossier from three cardinals reveals an underground network of senior clergy who have organised gay homosexual parties and faced blackmail.