Pope Francis admitted the existence of a “gay lobby” inside the Vatican’s secretive and often criticized administration, the Curia, the AFP noted Tuesday. The comment was originally reported by a Latin American Catholic website.
The Pontiff made the statement last Thursday in front of the Latin American and Caribbean Confederation of Religious Men and Women at the Vatican. He promised to reform the Curia, although he noted he would be unable to do so on his own.
“I cannot carry out the reforms myself,” he said. “I am very disorganised.”
Around the same time Pope Benedict XVI unexpectedly retired in February, an Italian daily reported that a secret report commissioned by Benedict found that a powerful “gay lobby” in the Curia exercised “inappropriate influence.”