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Let’s not kid anyone, Ratzinger XVI resigned due to sexual, financial scandal

It is not his health, but the health of the institution that he leads what made Pope Benedict XVI resign from his post

By LUIS MIRANDA | THE REAL AGENDA | FEBRUARY 22, 2013

The Pope decided to resign after revelations of a secret report commissioned by three cardinals which revealed the strong influence of economic lobbies, sex scandals and influence peddling at the highest level of the religious institution that he will lead up to February 28.

This was revealed on Wednesday by two news reports that appeared in La Repubblica and the magazine Panorama. The reports say that said Benedict resigned after details were disclosed about the so-called Vatileaks case, in which the Pope’s personal butler leaked secret documents that belonged to the Pontiff.

According to this report, there is an organized homosexual lobby working in the Vatican, which sets appointments in the periphery and the center of Rome. Also, another group dedicated its time and resources to create and destroy careers in the Vatican and a third group, an economic one, influenced the use of financial funds to affect the decision-making process inside the Vatican. “Everything revolves around the non-observance of the sixth and seventh commandment” (ie, not impure acts and not stealing).

According to La Repubblica, details about “…struggles for power and money cited in a secret report delivered by three cardinals to the Pope hypothesized a gay lobby. The document will pass into the hands of the new pope, who should be strong enough, young and holy”.

Benedict XVI met often with Cardinal Julian Herranz, an 83 years old Spanish servant from Opus Dei, who presided over the commission of inquiry on what the newspapers call Vatileaks. Herranz updated Ratzinger regularly. Each week, in private conversations. The Pope noted with growing concern the developments of the investigation: dozens and dozens of interviews with bishops, cardinals and other people in Italy and abroad. Dozens and dozens of reports reread and signed by the interviewees. The same questions for everyone at first, then more interviews for cross-checking details.

The results of the investigation were clear. It found that there were influential lobbying groups within the Vatican as well as outside the organization: The Salesians, the Jesuits and the Ligurians. But the biggest shock came last October, when the Pope learned about a group identified as the gay lobby.

For the first time, the word homosexuality had been mentioned on a written text read to Ratzinger. For the first time the word blackmail was identified, followed by “Impropriam influentiam,” or improper influence. As it is traditional in the Vatican, the complete report was provide to the Pope sealed with the label pontifical secret.

The document contained details about the “divisions in the ecclesial body that disfigured the face of the Church,” the Pope says nearly two months later during an Ash Homily. It was that day with those cards on the table, when Benedict XVl made the decision to leave the Church.

The credibility of the Church was shattered by the evidence that its own members violated its very origins. Two of the most shocking truths that came out were the violation of the sixth commandment, adultery. The report is explicit. Some prelates suffer from “outside influence”, which makes reference to blackmailing.

In the Vatican the report is defined as “the mother of all files.” It is the one prepared by the three “007 cardinals”: Julian Herranz, Jozef Tomko and Salvatore De Giorgi, that began on 24 April 2012, in response to the Vatileaks scandal, and it is precisely this report the one that has overflown the glass. The Pope is not leaving because of physical ailments per se, but due to the worsening condition of the institution he represents, which does not seem to find the light at the end of the tunnel when it comes to sexual, financial and lobbying scandals.

Perhaps the Benedict XVI could not take it anymore. Perhaps he could not take the fact that he had to lie to the Church’s followers as supposed to facing the facts. He obviously does not have the strength to deal with the reality that surrounds the Catholic church, so he has decided to leave.

Can anyone blame him?

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Tens of thousands abused in Dutch Catholic institutions

AFP
December 16, 2011

independent Dutch inquiry probing sexual abuse allegedly committed by Roman Catholic clergy said Friday it found “tens of thousands” of victims since 1945, identifying 800 alleged perpetrators.

Tens of thousands of minors were exposed to “mild, severe or very severe sexual behaviour” by clergy or lay workers in the Dutch Catholic Church between 1945 and 2010, the commission said in its final report.

“Based on 1,795 reports, the commission could find the names of 800 abusers who work or have worked for the bishops,” the report said. “Of these 800 people, 105 are still alive.”

The Dutch bishops’ conference decided in 2010 to open an inquiry after revelations of widespread abuse were first reported in the national press.

The six person commission was chaired by former cabinet minister Wim Deetman and includes a former judge, university professors and a psychologist. It began work on August 24, 2010 to probe allegations of abuse committed from 1945 to the present day.”

“The problem of sexual abuse was known in the orders and dioceses of the Dutch Catholic Church,” the commission said, “but the appropriate actions were not undertaken”.

In February, a Catholic order in the Netherlands said it would pay compensation to more than two dozen victims of sexual abuse committed by its priests.

The Order of Salesians of Don Bosco reached a deal to make “generous” restitution to individuals who fell victim to sexual abuse by priests as pupils at its boarding schools between 1950 and 1971, a joint statement said.