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Pope's reference to 'gay lobby' broaches taboo subject

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NPR
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June 14, 2013

The Roman Catholic Church teaches that acting on gay feelings are a grave sin. But the existence of active gay prelates in the Vatican bureaucracy known as the Roman Curia has been considered a poorly held secret for centuries.

Robert Mickens, Vatican correspondent for the British Catholic weekly The Tablet, says, "Many of these people in the Vatican that are gay and even acting out are extremely conservative," Mickens says. "These are not people that want to change the church's teaching on homosexuality — not at all."

The other day, Pope Francis acknowledged a 'gay lobby' within the Vatican. The presence of gay members of the Vatican has been speculated many times before. Some speculated that this gay presence in the Vatican influenced Pope Benedict XVI's unprecedented resignation.