Pope Benedick's decision to resign was made on the 17th December 2012 when he received a report that a gay network of priests in the Vatican was being blackmailed.
The pope received news of a gay network within the Vatican itself and realised that it was just a matter of time before the report's findings were leaked to the media.
It appears that Pope Benedick behaved honourably in giving his resignation as he was in no way implicated in the wrongdoing but was sickened by the scale of depravity and deceitfulness which had been unveiled.
Insiders found out that despite the Pope's repudiation of adultery priests were seeking promiscuous gay relationships both inside and out of the Vatican and liaising and fornicating in public.
Italian newspapers have revealed the sexual peccadiloes of those inside the Vatican which the Pope's three powerful Cardinal 'enforcers' had desperately hoped to'keep a lid on'.
An explosive report in Italian newspaper 'La Republicca' revealed that the gay network inside the Vatican was being blackmailed by laymen they had entertained in a 'wordly' fashion.
The "Vatileaks" Report by the Cardinals revealed the scale of the hypocrisy and the non observance of the sixth and the seventh commandments.
The seventh commandment forbids theft, while the sixth forbids adultery - but it is also linked in Catholic doctrine to the proscribing of homosexual acts.
The newspaper claims the dossier identifies a series of meeting places in and around Rome.
The Vatican has been revealed as a 'hotbed' of intrigue and infighting. Cardinal Lombardi has refused to comment on the allegations and will neither confirm or deny the newspapers scurrilous accusations.
The Pope was earlier on betrayed by his butler leaking confidential documents and top secret Vatican correspondence and has been unable to be able to rely on the loyalty and integrity of his servants in the Vatican.