(NY Daily News) Elmar Mader, former commander of the Swiss Guard, claims the Vatican is hiding a â€˜network of homosexuals.â€™ The allegations come soon after another Swiss Guard told newspaper Schweiz am Sonntag that he was fondled by several clergy members.
A former commander of the Swiss Guard is claiming a â€œnetwork of homosexualsâ€ inside the Vatican could pose security problems for Pope Francis.
Elmar Mader headed the Swiss Guard, known for its distinctive red, orange and blue Renaissance-style uniforms, between 2002 and 2008. In an interview with the Swiss newspaperÂ Schweiz am Sonntag, 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 said,Â according to a translation provided by the Guardian.
Since the 16th century, members of the Swiss Guard have sworn to protect the Pope with their lives. The troop consists of unmarried Swiss men between the ages of 19 and 30,Â RNS reports.
Mader said the all-male environment of the Roman Curia was a â€œlike a magnetâ€ for gay men.