Well this was inevitable. When something that hasn’t happened for almost six centuries happens, there are going to be rumors about why it is happening:
VATICAN CITY – With just days to go before Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation, the Vatican is battling rumours that his decision was triggered by an explosive report on intrigue in its hallowed corridors of power.
The cardinals questioned dozens of Vatican officials and presented the pope with their final report in December 2012, just before Benedict pardoned his former butler Paolo Gabriele who had been jailed for leaking the papal memos.
The Panorama news weekly and the Repubblica daily said on Thursday that the cardinals’ report contained allegations of corruption and of blackmail attempts against gay Vatican clergymen, as well as favouritism based on gay relationships.
Go here to read the rest. Is any of it true? Who knows? Considering the harsh things that many Popes have said about the papal bureaucracy I am not shocked at the idea. However, to be too credulous about such allegations is to confuse cynicism with wisdom. Like anything else, we will have to see what evidence is brought forth, if any, to support the allegations. One lesson however that the Vatican needs to know is that in the modern age secrecy is difficult to maintain and that truth is usually the best disinfectant. The Vatican has issued a non-denial denial which is reported on here. That is insufficient and will merely give conspiracy theorists more fodder for speculations.