Pope Francis lamented that a “gay lobby” was at work at the Vatican, according to a report from The Associated Press.
The pope apparently made the remarks during a private audience with the leadership of a Latin American church group.
The Latin American and Caribbean Confederation of Religious – the regional organization for priests and nuns of religious orders – confirmed on June 11 that its leaders had written a synthesis of Francis’ remarks after their audience with the pope last week.
The group said it was distressed that the document had been published and apologized for released information.
In the document, Francis is quoted as saying that while there were many holy people in the Vatican, there was also “corruption:” “The ‘gay lobby’ is mentioned, and it is true, it is there… We need to see what we can do…”
Last year, there were rumors of a “gay lobby” in connection to a series of embarrassing leaks to the Italian press.