Veronica Roberts

Opinion mixed with a bit of cynicism and truth…

Yes, I know it’s a lot to digest, but many do not believe Pope Benedict XVI resigned out of selflessness. In light of that, there are myriad conspiracy theories floating around about his hasty retreat. What really prompted the pontiff to break strict 600-year-old tradition and bow out now?

One of the stronger reasons explored in the media is the dodging of prosecution for child sex crimes. Benedict—or should I call him by the name his mother gave him 85 years ago, Joseph Ratzinger, since soon he will no longer be the head of the Roman Catholic Church?—is accused of covering up or ignoring child sexual abuse, child trafficking and more.

The International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State wrote that a warrant was issued for the pope’s arrest and that he will meet with Italian President Giorgio Napolitano on Saturday to plead for immunity. This is historic, for any legal action against a Vatican employee, much less the pope, is unheard of.

In fact, according to the author of The Vatican Diaries, all employees and officials of the Vatican must take an oath of secrecy before assuming their positions. Indeed, a shroud of secrecy has enfolded the Catholic Church—especially in the halls of power—since time immemorial.

Now the Daily Beast’s article on gay, cross-dressing priests is the latest scandalous plot concerning the pope’s resignation. The infallible one is said to have received a secret red dossier detailing the clandestine behavior of a group of priests within the Vatican—gay priests, to be specific, who operate a sex ring that included dressing up in women’s clothing and lingerie while paying for sex in saunas. Some of the male paramours were reportedly blackmailing those priests involved in the sex.

The men allegedly met the priests at several locations around Rome, including a prominent archbishop residence, a health spa in the city center and a sauna in Rome’s Quarto Miglio district. Photos, videos and other damaging evidence allegedly exist and were part of the dossier handed to the soon-to-be retired pontiff.

In fact, the report on the gay prostitution and cross-dressing is said to be 300 pages long and was delivered to the pope on Dec. 17 by Cardinals Julian Herranz, Joseph Tomko and Salvatore De Giorgi.

At his age, the pope must no longer have the stomach for the deviance, and pictures or videos of his priests in garter belts and lacy thongs must have sent him into a crisis of Christ-like proportions. Stepping down in haste shows that he wants the mess to be someone else’s problem.

I am sure the pope has locked all the sordidness away deep in recesses of the Vatican basement vault, where only God and the next pope may get a glimpse of them. I doubt Jesus and the Holy Spirit will be allowed within an inch.

I can’t say I am shocked at the alleged sex-lies-and-videotape saga, for the high hypocrisy of the Catholic Church stretches all the way to heaven via the backdoor of hell. And though the conspiracies seem to be getting more deviant as the day of the pope’s resignation approaches, nothing is worse than the widespread rape of children over the years and the sickening lengths the Catholic Church has gone to cover them up.

Click on the links within the article to read more of the sordid exposés.