Former Pope Benedict XVI has boasted of destroying the ‘gay lobby’ in his new memoir.
The 89-year-old former leader of the Catholic Church, who would still be pope if he had not resigned in 2013, has spoken about supposed corruption.
In the book, The Last Conversations, he claims there was a ‘gay lobby’ of four or five people who were seeking to influence Vatican decisions.
However, he says he managed to ‘break up this power group’.
An internal 300-page report was commissioned by Benedict that uncovered corruption and a power struggle in the Vatican.
In the report, lay attendant to the pope Angelo Balducci was accused of being a member of a ‘gay ring’ and acting as a pimp to prostitute out men to priests. He was also accused of preying on choral boys.
Benedict also resigned after, but not apparently due to, being accused of covering up thousands of pedophile cases. He was the first pope to resign in 598 years.
During his eight-year papacy, Benedict XVI said same-sex marriage posed a ‘threat to world peace’. He also accused LGBTI people of being a ‘defection of human nature’.
While his successor Pope Francis has also opposed same-sex marriage, he has also been noted for being as being comparatively more progressive than Benedict. Famous for saying ‘Who am I to judge?’, Francis recently the Catholic Church should apologize for the harm they have caused LGBTI people.
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