On Thursday, the popular paper published an article alleging that Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to resign this month was partly prompted by a report that accused Vatican officials of being under the influence of several internal lobbies, reportedly including a gay one. The Irish Times reports that Benedict commissioned the report after the Vatileaks scandal broke last year. The report, written by a trio of cardinals, concluded that “various lobbies within the Holy See were consistently breaking” the sixth and seventh commandments, “thou shalt not commit adultery” and “thou shalt not steal.”
(The sixth commandment referencing adultery has historically been tied to the Catholic Church’s doctrine banning homosexuality.)
The nearly 300-page dossier would be passed on to pope’s successor, the report added. Father Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman, released an arguably vague statement about the accusations.