Report: Pope resigned in wake of gay priest scandal
The respected Italian newspaper La Repubblica reported Friday that Pope Benedict XVI resigned after receiving the results of an internal investigation, delivered in a 300-page, two-volume dossier, that laid bare a sordid tale of blackmail, corruption and gay sex at the Vatican.
The report stamped “Pontifical Secret,” contained “an exact map of the mischief and the bad fish” inside the Holy See. The findings of the nine-month investigation, headed by Spanish cardinal, Julian Herranz , with the assistance of Cardinal Salvatore De Giorgi, former archbishop of Palermo, and Slovak cardinal Jozef Tomko, was delivered to the pope on Dec. 17, 2012.
“It was on that day, with those papers on his desk, that Benedict XVI took the decision he had mulled over for so long,” to resign instead of dealing with the fallout.
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