The existence of “gay clubs” is especially common in the US, Benedict said in his book, adding, “In several seminaries, gay clubs operate more or less openly.”
He cited the example of an American bishop who allegedly allowed his seminarians or trainee priests to watch pornographic films “presumably with the intent to enable them to oppose conduct contrary to faith.”
Benedict, whose conservative stance on doctrinal issues contrasted with Francis’s more compassionate approach, complained that his earlier books were viewed as dangerously traditionalist by some elements of the Church.
“In not a few seminaries, students caught reading my books are considered unworthy of the priesthood. My books are hidden as dangerous literature and are only read in hiding.”
Despite their many differences, Pope Francis also recently warned that priests and even nuns regularly watch porn.
He made the remarks in October, saying that indulging in porn is a danger to the soul and a way to succumb to the malign influence of “the devil.”