Is China Using Grindr to Blackmail the Vatican?

The Vatican secretary of state Cdl. Pietro Parolin has refused to confirm or deny reports that the gay cruising app Grindr may have been used to blackmail the Holy See into its secret deal with China.

“At this point, also in the light of what has happened in recent days, I can say that no statement will be provided,” Dr. Paolo Ruffini, prefect of the Vatican’s dicastery for communications, told a Catholic start-up blog Friday.

The prefect’s statement follows a 90-minute confidential meeting between Parolin, Ruffini and journalists from The Pillar on July 17, with the reporters presenting data on the potential security threat posed to the Holy See by the use of Grindr within the secure sections of the Vatican.

“During a period of 26 weeks in 2018, at least 32 mobile devices emitted serially occurring hookup or dating app signals from secured areas and buildings of the Vatican ordinarily inaccessible to tourists and pilgrims,” The Pillar reported Tuesday.

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