Something I'd really like to know. Was the Vatican blackmailed into signing and renewing the suicidal pact with Beijing, which had access to data from the then Chinese-owned app Grindr?

3:04 PM · Jul 31, 2021

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Think about it. The Vatican is Europe's most corrupt state, and theatrically careless about that corruption. Beijing, which leads the world in methodical collection of sleazy data, wants to extract favours from it.
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I heard a long time ago that the Vatican Secretariat of State thought the China deal was lousy. No one (except for deluded Pappin & Vermeule) really thinks it's in the Church's interest.
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Replying to @holysmoke
One would not put it past the CCP to play such dirty games, what?
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Replying to @holysmoke
That Catholic priests were using Grindr widely was reported long before that awful deal. Such as the Maynooth Seminary case. Maybe the Chinese knew something else but that gay RC priests are hooking up isn't much ammunition.
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It is when they're bishops or Cardinals, or those in close orbit of such).
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Replying to @holysmoke
Is there evidence of this or is this speculation?
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Look at Grindr/Vatican story on Lifesite
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Replying to @holysmoke
grindr was started 5 years before benedict resigned... could the blackmail have gone back that far?
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Replying to @holysmoke
I had previously thought that it was just corruption of the normal venal kind - but blackmail as well as that looks very likely now.
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