Rome Diocese Rails Against ‘Double Life’ of Gay Priests in Magazine Expose
July 24, 2010
(ChattahBox)—Yet another Catholic priest sex scandal has rocked the Vatican, but this time it’s not pedophilia. Panorama, a magazine owned by Italian President Silvio Berlusconi’s media empire, just published an undercover expose of three Vatican priests leading a double life, by frequenting gay clubs and having casual sexual encounters with male escorts. The magazine article complete with lurid photos and videos of priests allegedly having gay sex, has prompted the Vatican to release a statement through the Diocese of Rome denouncing homosexual priests.
Panorama’s article, entitled “Gay Priests’ Nights on the Town” followed three alleged priests, dubbed Charles, Paul and Luke, as they visited gay clubs. The magazine’s reporter also filmed sexual encounters with a hidden camera.
The Telegraph reports the sensational details:
“A preview of the article sent out by Panorama said: “By day they are regular priests, complete with dog collar, but at night, it’s off with the cassock as they take their place as perfectly integrated members of the Italian capital’s gay scene.”‘
“Panorama described its investigation as “deeply disturbing” as it detailed how the priests – two Italians and a Frenchman – happily took part in gay events and had casual sex.”
The Diocese of Rome denounced the “double life” of homosexual priests, adding it was “saddened and troubled” by the reports.
“We don’t wish any ill-will against them, but we cannot accept that because of their behavior the honor of all the others is sullied,” read the statement.
The Diocese vowed to investigate “with rigor any behavior that is unworthy of the priestly life.”
Photo Source: Panorama Magazine