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 paper also claims the report details information about sexual meetings organized by members of a gay underground network, who got together in venues across Rome and Vatican City. The sixth commandment referencing adultery has historically been tied to the Catholic Church's doctrine banning homosexuality. Father Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman, released an arguably vague statement about the accusations.
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Naked but for the towel around his waist, a man of a certain age sat by himself, bent slightly forward as if praying, in a corner of the sauna at a gym in central Rome. I had not met this man before, but as I entered the sauna, I thought I recognized him from photographs. My friends told me that this priest was gay, politically savvy, and well connected to the gay Church hierarchy in Rome. Yet as I looked at the man more closely, I saw that it was definitely him.
Benedict XVI shocked the world in February when he became the first pope to resign in almost years. But attention shifted quickly to the succession, and the election of the new Pope, Francis. Amid the drama, one question was never fully answered - why did Benedict quit?
A male teacher who moonlighted as a stripper and starred in pornographic films is free to continue teaching. Benedict Garrett was stripping in clubs and working as a naked butler while he was employed as head of personal, social and health education at a secondary school, a disciplinary panel heard. The year-old, who uses the pseudonym Johnny Anglais, was found guilty of unacceptable professional conduct and received a reprimand after a two-day hearing at the General Teaching Council. Benedict Garrett - otherwise known as Johnny Anglais - was today given a slap on the wrist for being a stripper in his spare time, but was told he can continue working in the classroom. An investigation began after pupils reported seeing him in a trailer for an adult film.