After tendering his resignation, Pope Benedict XVI clearly hinted at factional infighting within the Roman Curia.
According to leading Italian newspaper La Repubblica, such infighting might be much darker than thought. Cardinals’ factions, according to the newspaper, are not moved just be career and power purposes, but mainly by economic aims they share with external elements. In order to achieve these aims, these factions would be ready to use any means necessary, including sexual blackmail.
We should reiterate that La Repubblica is not a gossip magazine, but a leading Italian newspaper. The assignment is based on a very qualified source, a secret report submitted to the Pope by a panel of Cardinals after the Vatileaks scandal.
According to La Republica, a core sentence of the report is: ‘Everything revolves around the disrespect of the Sixth and Seventh Commandment. Thou shalt not commit adultery. Thou shalt not steal’.