Gerard O’Connell: Vatican gay smear part of the war for church's heart and soul
Published 22/02/2013 | 04:00
ITALIAN journalists often make Dan Brown look like an amateur when it comes to writing about the Vatican. One has only to read some of the stories they are writing about the Pope's resignation and about the power struggle to elect the next Pope to see that.
A story published yesterday in a leading Italian daily claimed that a confidential report by three cardinals, detailing the existence of blackmail and a gay lobby in the Vatican, was a major factor in Pope Benedict's decision to resign.
The conclave, of course, has long lent itself to creative writing because it involves drama, history, power struggles (spiritual and less spiritual ones), perhaps blackmail, as well as the spiritual realities.