Monday, July 26, 2010

Another Sex Scandal Rocks the Vatican, No Minors Involved This Time

London's Daily Mail reported on Saturday about an undercover investigative report on the sexual activities of Catholic priests in Rome. A reporter for the Italian news magazine Panorama, which is owned by Prime Minister Berlusconi, enlisted the help of a "gay accomplice" to hook up with down-low gay priests and have sex with them on hidden camera.

I'm not sure which part of this story I'm most disturbed by: the hypocrisy of gay priests, the reporter's pimping to get the story, the hidden camera or the offensive magazine cover (see accompanying image).

The Daily Mail reports:
Panorama described its investigation as 'deeply disturbing' as it detailed how three priests - two Italians and a Frenchman - happily took part in gay events and had casual sex.
The Catholic Church forbids priests to have sex and homosexuality is also seen as a 'sin'. In 2008 the Vatican issued guidelines which said that any would be trainees should not join if they had 'deep-seated homosexual tendencies'.
In one part of the investigation Panorama said that one priest, named as Carlo, willingly put on his cassock to have sex with the reporter's gay accomplice, adding 'all of which was filmed by the hidden camera'.
The magazine also described how they had attended a Mass which was celebrated by Carlo.

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