Vatican condemns media gossip around Pope’s resignation
Vatican: The Vatican on Saturday came down heavily on gossip generated around Pope Benedict XVI resignation.
The Vatican’s chief spokesperson, Father Federico Lombardi condemned media for spreading misinformation about the Church, according to a BBC report.
Pope’s resignation, which is the first in 600 years has created lot of buzz within and outside the church.
Lately there have been a string of articles in the media suggesting heavy corruption and cases of paedophilia in the church.
Rumours and gossip have surfaced which according to Lombardi has challenged the sanctity of the holy body.
A report in an Italian newspaper suggested that shortly before Benedict’s resignation he received a dossier that listed several priests who were being blackmailed for their sexual misconduct.
Lombardi smashed media for acting like an authority and passing unwanted judgments.
It was only last year that the Pope appointed three cardinals to investigate into a scandal famously known as Vatileaks.
Pope’s resignation will take effect on Thursday and in the upcoming conclave a new leader of the church will be chosen.