Undercover Telegraph reporters posing as churchgoers have been able to record statements by clergymen lending weight to the rumour that the Pope is in fact a Catholic.
This is the latest in a series of scoops by The Telegraph, which recently revealed that several Liberal Democrats are not totally convinced by Conservative Party policy and that left-leaning Vince Cable has removed media mogul Murdoch from his Christmas list.
Junior reporters first focused their attention on Catholic priests in confessionals, posing as regular sinners. Pretending to have been dogged by guilty suspicions of the Pope’s Catholicism they pleaded forgiveness, but were surprised to find that their insinuations were at no time denied.
Buoyed by this evidence, one female Telegraph reporter determined to gain confirmation from more authoritative sources. Posing as a writer for the diocesan magazine, she managed to gain an audience with an unnamed bishop under the pretext of understanding his views on the role of women in the Catholic Church. After half an hour of deliberately fawning and unchallenging questions, the giggling journalist casually dropped the bombshell that she had heard several members of the community suggest that the Pope is in fact a Catholic.
And her clandestine recording clearly confirms the bishop’s shocking answer. “Well, you seem to have hit the nail on the head there, young lady”