This is so Angels and Demons.
I'm not sure the Vatileaks deal and subsequent investigations explain Pope Benedict's early retirement - because I really do take him at his word - but it surely must be a source of deep spiritual pain for the Holy Father. I believe it was St John of the Cross who said the holier the confessor the less he would be shocked by grave sins, likewise, I very much doubt the Holy Father was so 'freaked out' by the betrayal of his butler, or corruption in the Vatican that he decided to renounce the papacy.
Nevertheless, reports suggesting a homosexual network within the Vatican does come close to some of the intrigue associated with a Dan Brown conspiracy-theory-novel. Yet 'we' kinda, sorta knew this right? At least we suspected something like this. It wasn't that many years ago a gay priest scandal broke out involving Roman priests, and one or two of them worked and lived in Vatican City. If 'we' knew or suspected this stuff, so did Pope Ratzinger - or at least he heard the same rumours we did. So all I'm saying is, he couldn't have been all that shocked... and he certainly isn't 'fleeing the wolves'.
From Robert Moynihan 2/21/13
Today a veil of secrecy was shredded in this eternal city.The news story as it broke yesterday:
Today therefore marked the beginning of a difficult, important struggle for the purification of the government of the Church desired for so many years by Joseph Ratzinger.We were given a glimpse today into some of the reasons, previously unknown, that prompted Pope Benedict XVI to announce his resignation on February 11, to take effect February 28, in seven days, reasons that apparently "overwhelmed his spirit within him" and "made his heart desolate."It is a story that in many ways seems the plot of a novel.It is a story of blackmail and betrayal at the highest levels of the Church, and, allegedly, of a homosexual lobby organized within the Vatican to influence and obtain important decisions. - Moynihan Report
A potentially explosive report has linked the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI to the discovery of a network of gay prelates in the Vatican, some of whom – the report said – were being blackmailed by outsiders.I've been talking about these things on this blog. Over and over. Noting especially the cliques? People have friends in high places... friends turn out to be support groups... Kind of like a network - not monolithic maybe, but it's there.
The pope's spokesman declined to confirm or deny the report, which was carried by the Italian daily newspaper La Repubblica.
According to La Repubblica, the dossier comprising "two volumes of almost 300 pages – bound in red" had been consigned to a safe in the papal apartments and would be delivered to the pope's successor upon his election.
The newspaper said the cardinals described a number of factions, including one whose members were "united by sexual orientation".
In an apparent quotation from the report, La Repubblica said some Vatican officials had been subject to "external influence" from laymen with whom they had links of a "worldly nature". The paper said this was a clear reference to blackmail.
It quoted a source "very close to those who wrote [the cardinal's report]" as saying: "Everything revolves around the non-observance of the sixth and seventh commandments."
La Repubblica's report was the latest in a string of claims that a gay network exists in the Vatican. In 2007 a senior official was suspended from the congregation, or department, for the priesthood, after he was filmed in a "sting" organised by an Italian television programme while apparently making sexual overtures to a younger man.
In 2010 a chorister was dismissed for allegedly procuring male prostitutes for a papal gentleman-in-waiting. A few months later a weekly news magazine used hidden cameras to record priests visiting gay clubs and bars and having sex.
The Vatican does not condemn homosexuals. But it teaches that gay sex is "intrinsically disordered". Pope Benedict has barred sexually active gay men from studying for the priesthood. - Source
Art: Angels and Demons helicopter scene.
Disclaimer: Just remember details of the report have not been released and specualtions by the press have not been confirmed. Keep in mind both the right and the left use rumour and innuendo to their advantage.