The full story can be found at The Guardian’s website.
The Italian daily newspaper La Republica said the pope decided to resign on 17 December – the day he received a dossier compiled by three cardinals delegated to look into the so-called “Vatileaks” affair.
Last May Pope Benedict’s butler, Paolo Gabriele, was arrested and charged with stealing leaked papal correspondence that depicted the Vatican as a seething hotbed of intrigue and infighting.
The newspaper said the cardinals described a number of factions, including one whose members were “united by sexual orientation”. It added that some Vatican officials had been subjected to “external influence” from laymen with whom they had links of a “worldly nature”. La Republica said this was a clear reference to blackmail.