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Gay Blackmail and Scandal at the Vatican!

The VaticanWe knew Ratzinger’s retirement was a little weird! Today’s most interesting story comes to us by way of an Italian paper which claims that Pope Benedict XVI decided to step down and abandon his Twitter feed after receiving a 300-page “bound in red” dossier from the team of cardinals he delegated to investigate Vatileaks, the church’s worst “seriously, the butler did it” PR scandal in years.

The dossier supposedly revealed that a number of prelates within the Vatican, united by the fact that they all happen to be gay, have been blackmailed by “laymen with whom they had links of a ‘worldly nature’” and that “Everything revolves around the non-observance of the sixth and seventh commandments” (the ones that say “don’t steal or commit adultery”). The idea here is that, if the prelates didn’t do whatever these third parties wanted them to do, their covert Gay Mafia would be revealed to the public. And Benedict resigned in order to avoid doing more damage to the church’s reputation.

Juicy! Here’s the kicker: the Vatican “refuses to confirm or deny” the report. Its PR man says that “We shall not be following up on the observations that are made about this”.

On the one hand, we want to congratulate these guys for not following the Lance Armstrong “lie and deny” damage control strategy. On the other hand, “no comment” doesn’t really resolve anything. And we know how much the public loves to speculate…

Most importantly, we can’t wait for Dan Brown to tell us what this all means.

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PRNewser on Morning Media Menu (Again)

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PRNewser was a guest again today on our Morning Media Menu podcast with GalleyCat editor Jason Boog and AgencySpy editor Matt Van Hoven.

We talked about some of the changes and challenges the PR industry is facing and if there is more coverage of the industry than in the past. Then Jason asked, “Do PR agencies have PR people?” To which we responded, “Of course!”

We also discussed the day’s biggest media headlines, including: author Dan Brown selling one million books in a single day and The Wall Street Journal raising mobile app subscription prices.

You can listen to all the past podcasts archived at mediabistro.com or download episodes for free on iTunes.