Mostly “ex-Catholics” will say that.
Nobody had any doubt that there was a serious gay mafia at the Vatican and virtually in any other place (chanceries, religious orders, etc.) you cared to mention. It was something the Church has had to fight against constantly, because whenever you have a somewhat closed bureaucratic environment where people can get into “amiguismo” (that is, friends appointing friends), you are opening the door to corruption. Sometimes it’s sexual, sometimes it’s financial, sometimes it’s just the losers promoting the losers (thinking of a lot of US bishops - who aren’t gay and aren’t necessarily evil, but are just dumb and lazy...).
But after Vatican II, with the destruction of the power of the bishops and the attempted destruction of the Faith, it became the norm and decent guys who went to seminary had to pick a seminary based on how few gays it had...but they were everywhere. Many good men were driven away.
BXVI obviously realized he didn’t have the strength to fight this, although obviously he had identified it (the report was originally given to him just before he resigned and then he shared it with Francis in a joint meeting).
Pope Francis is like the crazy uncle who says unexpected things at the dinner party, and I think he is exactly the one to break this up.
“Many good men were driven away.” Good men are never driven away. Never.
Pope Francis is like the crazy uncle who says unexpected things at the dinner party, and I think he is exactly the one to break this up.-lol- Phrased well, to be sure... My husband mentioned yesterday (in the same vein) that Pope Francis is a bit of a "loose cannon," so maybe it IS time for him to let a few rip...