Pope Francis has admitted the existence of a “gay lobby” in the Roman Curia and his desire to reform it.
“Yes, it is difficult. In the curia there are holy people, truly holy people. But there is also a current of corruption, also there is, it is true. They speak of a ‘Gay Lobby’ and that is true, it is there. We will have to see what we can do,” Pope Francis said during a conference with the Latin American and Caribbean Confederation of Religious Men and Women (CLAR) last Thursday.
“The reform of the Roman Curia is something that almost all Cardinals asked for in the Congregations preceding the Conclave. I also asked for it. I cannot promote the reform myself, these matters of administration… I am very disorganized; I have never been good at this. But the cardinals of the Commission will move it forward.”
While calling it “difficult,” Pope Francis has crusaded for reforming the curia as a keystone of his tenure.
Pope Francis took the mantle after Pope Benedict XVI prematurely resigned, following rumors of being affected by exterior influences like a gay lobby, according to an alleged Vatican report.
“It is deplorable that as we draw closer to the time of the beginning of the conclave … that there be a widespread distribution of often unverified, unverifiable or completely false news stories that cause serious damage to persons and institutions,” the Vatican’s Secretary of State said in a press release in February.
Italian newspaper “La Repubblica” insinuated that the gay lobby may be linked to the scandal of a papal gentleman-in-waiting with male prostitutes in 2010.