Veteran guard claims 'secret gay society' inside Vatican is a security threat
Published time: January 21, 2014 02:29
Edited time: January 21, 2014 03:29source: http://rt.com/news/homosexuality-vatican-pope-swiss-guard-920/AFP Photo / Filippo MonteforteThere is a â€œnetwork of homosexualsâ€ inside the Vatican that could present a security risk to the Pope, according to a former commander of the Swiss Guard in what is just the latest in a number of allegations of homosexuality inside the Catholic Church.
Elmar MÃ¤der - who served as commandant of the Swiss Guard, the small force charged with protecting the pontiff inside the Vatican, from 2002 through 2008 â€“ said he â€œcannot refute the claim that there is a network of homosexuals. My experience would indicate the existence of such a thing.â€
MÃ¤der, 50, was speaking to Schweiz am Sonntag, the same Swiss newspaper that reported earlier this month an anonymous guardsman said he was the subject of over 20 â€œunambiguous sexual requestsâ€ from clergymen inside Vatican City.
Numerous former officials have come forward in recent years to tell members of the international press that the Vatican, while officially against homosexuality, turns a blind eye to same-sex relations inside the city. MÃ¤der said he is not coming forward out of intolerance, but to avoid the creation of a secret community inside the holy city.
MÃ¤der admitted he would not have promoted a gay member of the Swiss Guard because â€œthe risk of disloyalty would have been too high.â€
â€œI also learned that many homosexuals are inclined to be more loyal to each other than to other people or institutions
,â€ he said. â€œIf this loyalty were to go so far as to become a network or even a kind of secret society, I would not tolerate it in my sphere of decision making. Key people in the Vatican now seem to think similarly.â€
What MÃ¤der may have been referring to was Pope Francisâ€™ headline-grabbing interview with reporters on a flight to the Vatican from Brazil last year, in which he indicated for the first time in recent memory that the Church may be becoming more tolerant.
â€œThey say there are some gay people here,â€ Francis said. â€œI think that when we encounter a gay person, we must make the distinction between the fact of a person being gay and the fact of a lobby, because lobbies are not goodâ€¦Who am I to judge?â€
The anonymous guard who spoke to Schweiz am Sonntag earlier this month said that a priest had invited him to dinner before saying the guard should be served for dessert. In another instance, he said, a senior member of the clergy fondled him and left a bottle of whiskey on his bed.
While that source went unnamed, he criticized the Vatican for its â€œhypocrisy,â€ a charge inspired by the churchâ€™s opposition to marriage equality and treatment of divorced heterosexual couples.
MÃ¤derâ€™s comments have drawn criticism from equality groups, with one advising the former commandant to â€œbecome better informedâ€ and another, Franco Grillini, the chairman of Gaynet saying that any fears were unfounded.
â€œStatistically, gays are the least violent group in human society, so if the people were really surrounded by homosexuality, he could sleep easy,â€ Grillini told the Guardian. RW -"homosexuals are inclined to be more loyal to each other than to other people or institutions" and in that lies the danger to other people and institutions.