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Britain’s top Catholic cleric accused of ‘inappropriate acts’ against FOUR priests just days before he helps choose the new Pope
UPDATED Britain’s most senior Catholic clergyman, Cardinal Keith O’Brien, (pictured left) has been reported to the Vatican for inappropriate sexual behaviour by three priests and one former priest, who have sent statements to the papal nuncio, Antonio Mennini, alleging sexual impropriety dating back to 1980. The claims reported by The Observer are contested by Cardinal O’Brien, who will next week be part of the conclave choosing the next Pope. Now he faces demands for his immediate resignation
Vatican backlash over dossier rumours linking Church to ‘gay network’ and ‘sex parties’
- Italian media says dossier alleges clergy were ‘united by sexual orientation’
- Vatican has hit back at the ‘false and damaging’ media reports
The Vatican has rubbished Italian media reports alleging the pope’s resignation is linked to a secret dossier claiming there is a ‘gay network’ inside the clergy.
Italian newspapers have been rife with unsourced reports claiming the secret dossier from three cardinals reveals an underground network of senior clergy who have organised gay homosexual parties and faced blackmail.
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.
But the Vatican today accused Italian media of spreading ‘false and damaging’ reports in an attempt to influence cardinals who will meet in a secret conclave next month to elect a new pop
Vatican: “Public opinion is being exploited to condition the Conclave”
The Secretariat of State’s tough statement and Fr. Lombardi’s comments: “There is slander and malicious gossip going round, against the Church’s leadership”
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The Holy See’s Secretariat of State has issued a statement condemning attempts to condition cardinals ahead of the Conclave, through the publication of “news reports…which are often unverified or not verifiable, or even false, even subsequent damage to people and institutions.”
The statement issued by the Vatican Secretariat of State and published byVatican Radio goes on to say: “The freedom of the College of Cardinals, which alone, under the law, is responsible for the election of the Roman Pontiff, – has always been strongly defended by the Holy See, as a guarantee of a choice based on evaluations solely for the good of the Church.”
“Over the centuries, – the text continues – the Cardinals have faced multiple forms of pressure exerted on the individual voters and the same College, with the aim of conditioning decisions, to bend them to a political or worldly logic.”http://vaticaninsider.lastampa.it/en/the-vatican/detail/articolo/22592/