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Prelate of Vatican bank reportedly offers resignation

CWN - July 22, 2013

The newly appointed prelate of the Vatican bank, the Institute for Religious Works (IOR), has offered to resign, according to a Roman news agency.

I Media, a respected outlet specializing in Vatican affairs, has sent a Twitter message that Msgr. Battista Ricca, who is at the center of a report about the influence of the "gay lobby" at the Vatican, offered his resignation to the Pope on Saturday, July 20.

The Vatican has not commented on the I Media report, which came just before Pope Francis left Rome for Rio de Janeiro, where he will preside at World Youth Day observances. A day earlier, however, the Vatican press office had said that reports of Msgr. Ricca's homosexual alliances were "not credible."

Msgr. Ricca was appointed by the Pope in June to become prelate of the IOR, exercising supervisory control of an institution that has been troubled by charges of lax oversight. Last week Sandro Magister of L’Espresso charged that Msgr. Battista Ricca had engaged in homosexual misconduct while on an earlier assignment as a Vatican diplomat in Uruguay. Magister claimed that the cleric had been protected, and information about his scandalous conduct had been kept from the Pope, by sympathetic Vatican officials.

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  • Posted by: jg23753479 - Jul. 22, 2013 9:46 PM ET USA

    I think we need to hesitate before accepting the assurance that the allegation is "not credible." Unfortunately, what has become "not credible" is the Church's official responses to manifestations of this homosexual crisis.

  • Posted by: Defender - Jul. 22, 2013 7:40 PM ET USA

    Seems like an easy thing to find out, especially when you see the numbers of people involved in the Chiesa article.

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