BY BOB HOLT
A report is saying that a breach of the sixth and seventh commandments was behind the sudden resignation of Pope Benedict XVI.
According to an Italian newspaper, a 300-page report known as the Relationem alleges that Benedict was linked to money laundering and sex scandals.
Discovery News reported that according to La Repubblica, Benedict received the Relationem on Dec. 17 from Cardinals Julian Herranz, Salvatore De Giorgi and Josef Tomko. Tomko is the former chief of the Vatican’s secret services.
Benedict ordered the report commissioned in response to the Vatileaks scandal which saw the arrest and conviction of his butler last fall, according to The Irish Times. Paolo Gabriele was found guilty of having stolen confidential documents from the Vatican.
Business Insider reports that various lobbies were exerting influence on day-to-day-life in the Vatican. Breaking of the “thou shalt not steal” commandment refers to the Vatican Bank, IOR, now being investigated for money laundering. And an active gay lobby in the Vatican was reported to be exerting influence in Vatican affairs.