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1/22/2014 (1 year ago)

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All-male environment of the Roman Curia was 'like a magnet for gay men,' he claims in interview

In a scorching interview, the former commander of the Swiss Guard Elmar Mader claims the Vatican is hiding a "network of homosexuals." In the Swiss newspaper Schweiz am Sonntag. Mader claims that he was fondled by several clergy members.

A former Swiss Guard member claims that the all-male environment of the Roman Curia was a 'like a magnet' for gay men.

A former Swiss Guard member claims that the all-male environment of the Roman Curia was a "like a magnet" for gay men.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

1/22/2014 (1 year ago)

Published in Europe

Keywords: Pope, Swiss Guard, Vatican, homosexuality, gay lobby


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Known for its distinctive red, orange and blue Renaissance-style uniforms, Mader was with the Swiss Guard between 2002 and 2008. Mader said his position gave him insights into the presence of gay people at the heart of the Catholic Church.

"I cannot refute the claim that there is a network of homosexuals. My experiences would indicate the existence of such a thing," the 50-year-old Mader said.

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The Swiss Guard, sworn to protect the Pope with their lives, have been extant since the 16th century. Members of the Guard consist of unmarried Swiss men between the ages of 19 and 30.

Mader claims that the all-male environment of the Roman Curia was a "like a magnet" for gay men. "A working environment in which the great majority of men are unmarried is per se a draw for homosexuals, whether they consciously seek it out or unconsciously follow an urge," Mader said.

Mader says he doesn't have a problem with homosexuality, he expressed concerns that gay people are "more loyal to each other than to other people or institutions." He admits that he would never promote a gay man in the ranks of the Guard, believing it would cause security problems at the Vatican.

There has recently been another claim by an unnamed former Swiss Guard who said he had been targeted more than 20 times by people within the Vatican looking for sexual favors. He said that he was reportedly fondled by clergy members and received intimate invitations from bishops and cardinals.

One of these requests came during a dinner in Rome. "As the spinach and steak were served, the priest said to me: 'and you are the dessert,'" the man is quoted as saying in Schweiz am Sonntag.

Rumors of a "gay lobby" inside the Catholic Church have been circulating ever since the final months of Pope Benedict XVI's papacy.

Pope Francis joked last year that although people talk about a "gay lobby," he's never seen it on a Vatican identity card. He went further to say that if gay people in the church "accept the Lord and have goodwill, who am I to judge them?"

Francis, however, hasn't strayed far from church teachings about homosexuality. As the Catholic Church considers homosexual acts to be immoral, it preaches a "love the sinner, hate the sin" attitude and asks gay people to practice abstinence.

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