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Pope Francis admits ‘gay lobby’ in Vatican hierarchy

/ 08:36 PM June 11, 2013

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has admitted the existence of a “gay lobby” inside the Vatican’s secretive administration, the Curia, according to sources cited Tuesday by religious media.

“In the Curia, there are truly some saints, but there is also a current of corruption,” the 76-year-old is quoted as having said during an audience last Thursday with CLAR (the Latin American and Caribbean Confederation of Religious Men and Women).

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“There is talk of a ‘gay lobby’ and it’s true, it exists,” he said.

The Argentine pope has made reforming the Roman Curia — the heavily criticized and intrigue-filled administration of the Catholic Church — a keystone of his papacy, but said it would be “difficult.”

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“I cannot carry out the reforms myself,” he said, explaining that he was “disorganized.”

For that reason, the task will be handled by a commission of eight cardinals from around the world whom Francis appointed in April to help him govern the Catholic Church, set to meet for the first time in October.

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