NewsNation | February 22, 2013
>>> an italian newspaper is out with a bombshell report on what it says is the reason pope benedict resigned. the daily paper says an internal report uncovered an underground gay network at the vatican much more could come from the paper. the newspaper says this is just the first in a series of reports. nbc's claudio lavania is here for us. what more did they disclose in this report?
>> reporter: well, tamron, it is certainly well respected here in italy. the first or second biggest newspaper here in italy and usually good sources. well, what this paper is saying is that in that report, 300-page report of the internal vatican inquiry in to the scandal was so disturbing that pope benedict xvi decided to leave there and then and two months before the official abdication. it contained details about the inside of the vatican and lobbies that were -- it was power clashes of the lobbies that broke two, as a matter of fact, of the ten commandments. the first one, commandment number 6. thou shall not steal. that's a reference to the vatican bank accused of money laundering. well, also broke according to the report commandment number 7 , thou shall not commit adultery. also though it's also who no sexualise homosexuality. they said it had connections with the gay community outside of the vatican and there were blackmailed by the people outside the vatican that there were threatening them to reveal the identities. it looks like when the pope saw the documents he said, well, there's no way to fix this. the divisions are too deep and the only thing to do is resign and bring everybody down with me and start from scratch. tamron?
>> the vatican will not confirm or deny. is that the final reaction on the report given it's supposed to be a series with more details in the near future?
>> reporter: well, the vatican spokesperson yesterday said there was no comment on that. well, you will expect that. the vatican is a very secretive institution and won't rule on something that's not proved. the paper didn't put out the actual document. he said that he read the document or somebody told them about the content of the document and they promised for more but certainly you may expect the vatican is going to deny it even more.
>> claudio, thank you so much