Vatican report hidden from the cardinals electing the next pope


Before the conclave, Benedict XVI ordered an inquiry into Vatican leaks. Now the men who will choose his successor demand its full disclosure

It is known throughout the Vatican as the Relatio (Narration). It is contained in two stiff, unmarked red folders and runs to around 300 pages. Lying in a safe in the papal apartments of the Apostolic Palace overlooking St Peter’s Square, it will be at the forefront of the minds of the 115 cardinals who on Tuesday are to file into the Sistine chapel to start the conclave that elects the next pope.

In the Relatio are the findings of three cardinal-detectives, appointed last year by ex-pope Benedict XVI to investigate the leaking of documents from his study. The cardinals, headed by a Spanish member of the Opus Dei fellowship, Cardinal Julián Herranz, discovered the main source of the leaks – the pope’s butler, Paolo Gabriele.

But they found a great deal else – and some of it is reportedly extremely compromising. According to one unconfirmed report, they stumbled on a gay sex ring in the Vatican, some of whose members had been blackmailed.

Written By: John Hooper
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  1. And just when I thought this sesspit couldn’t get any darker they manage to astonish me once again.

    You’d think a doG (if it existed) with all his omniscience and billions of years in which to exercise it he couldn’t come up with anything better than this shameful, festering example of corruption?

  2. Much ado about nothing. A room full of pedophiles and mindless liars gather to resolve what they consider to be the question of the ages. “How many fairies can dance on the head of a pin?” When will humanity see beyond the emotional quagmire and view reality without the rose coloured glasses?

  3. I went to Cuba a few years ago, and two months later Castro stepped down. I told everyone I talked some sense into him.

    Going to Italy in the Fall, and will likely tour the Vatican. Since He has already stepped down, I can now only hope for the complete disintegration of the organization.

    I’ll do what I can.

    Assuming I don’t burst into flames when I walk through the gates…

  4. Lots of meaningless piffle about old (alleged) virgins choosing another corrupt leader- whilst the Religion of Peace is bombing and terrorising the free world into abject dhimmitude. Have we got our priorities right????

  5. According to one unconfirmed report, they stumbled on a gay sex ring in the Vatican, some of whose members had been blackmailed.

    I have heard about this several weeks ago and I must irrationally say (jumping up and down) – I believe it, I believe it, I believe it! Years ago a gay friend of mine told me about his bad boy years. One story had to do with an ordination party. (He claims it wasn’t Catholic. ;/) After all the parents and older priests left. The doors were locked, shades pulled down, disco turned on. Out came the drugs and off came the clothes. It ended up as nearly one big orgy. No kidding! I’ve heard other tantalizing tales so even if this Vatican story is not true, I’m sure that one exists. My guess is that the percentage of homosexuality in the priesthood is higher than the percentage for the average population. Oh, the hypocrisy! ..and they go around telling young women what they can and can’t do with their bodies. Oh, even more hypocrisy.
    From another article:

    about a network of gay priests who work inside the Vatican, but who play in secular Rome. The priests, it seems, are allegedly being blackmailed by a network of male prostitutes who worked at a sauna in Rome’s Quarto Miglio district, a health spa in the city center, and a private residence once entrusted to a prominent archbishop. The evidence reportedly includes compromising photos and videos of the prelates—sometimes caught on film in drag, and, in some cases, caught “in the act.”

    Juicy stuff! But I’m skeptical. I want to see photographed evidence!

  6. Dynamite stuff…enough to crumble what is left of their paper thin authority, probably not enough to kill but it will mortally wound in the long run and cripple them quite badly in the short term, no wonder Benny wanted out, imagine being a pope when that gets out, and it will in time!, and by the speed of Benny’s exit quite soon!

  7. In reply to #3 by nancynancy:

    Then I checked the rest of the list and was very pleased to see that our very favorite dark horse, Richard Dawkins, was listed with the devilishly high odds of 1/666!

    But where is Pascal on the list? In my experience a lot of people are willing to put everything they’ve got on that wager.

  8. I saw an article about this Relatio in the Wall Street Journal, or some dumbed-down version of the WSJ from North Carolina (the paper was used as cushioning in a package I received). The article was not well written, for starters, and didn’t mention the sexual angle until 3/4ths the way through (and it NEVER mentioned that the sexuality was gay).

  9. Roman Catholic Cardinals to vote on next Pope today – Last updated Tue 12 Mar 2013
    Roman Catholic cardinals from around the world have gathered at the Vatican to elect the next Pope today.

    They will debate over whether the 1.2-billion-member Catholic Church needs a manager pope to clean up the Vatican, or a pastoral pope, to inspire at a time of crisis.

    It seems they are deeply into security and secrecy!

    Once they have taken an oath of secrecy, Msgr Guido Marini, papal master of ceremonies, will call out the words “Extra omnes” – “Everybody out” – and the chapel doors will be locked to outsiders.

    Jamming devices in the Sistine Chapel should block all electronic communication and anyone tweeting would in any case risk being excommunicated.

    The 115 cardinal-electors are attending a special Mass in St Peter’s Basilica before processing into the Sistine Chapel to begin their secret deliberations this afternoon.

    They will vote four times daily until two-thirds can agree on a candidate.

    From Wednesday, two votes will be held each morning and afternoon – with ballots burned after each session – until one candidate attains a two-thirds majority (77 votes).

    No point in asking for a recount then?

  10. Apparently paedophile priests should not be punished! according to Archbishop of Durban in South Africa, Wilfrid Fox Napier. (with video)

    The Archbishop of Durban in South Africa, Wilfrid Fox Napier, one of the cardinals who took part in the conclave to elect Pope Francis, has told Stephen Nolan on BBC Radio 5 live that paedophilia should be considered a psychological illness rather than a criminal condition.

    Cardinal Wilfrid Napier said that people who were themselves abused as a child and then went on to abuse others needed to be examined by doctors to judge if they were criminally responsible.

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