Bit of a surprise

Vatican police have raided a cardinal’s apartment where a drug-fuelled homosexual orgy was taking place.

Police entered an apartment at the former palace of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (or Holy Office) last month not far from the Vatican City.

The occupant of the apartment is alleged to be a priest who serves as a secretary to cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio, the head of the Pontifical Council for Legislative texts and a personal adviser to the Pope.

Men not boys? What is the Catholic Church coming to*?

*Err, men, apparently.

22 thoughts on “Bit of a surprise”

  1. In pre-industrial capitalist times unless you were high-born there were few choices. As Tuco the bandit says to his brother –a monk–in the “The Good, The Bad and the Ugly”–“Our father was a peasant who broke his back in the fields for a bare living. It was that or be a priest or a bandit. I had the courage to be a bandit.”

    My point is that all sorts of people with little interest in religion have found religion a cushy billet. This was true in the past and universally so. Tibetan Buddhist monasteries had the same situation. Lots of blokes looking for a life sans back-breaking labour and without the risks of thievery. Each monastery had an Official called the Geloki ( not how it is spelled but roughly how it sounds) who was in charge of security with a staff of Dop Dop “fighting” monks as a police force. Specifically to roust those who were far more interested in drink, gambling and sexual antics than in Buddhist practice.

    Today –thanks to the market–life offers many less harsh billets. But there is still a crew who regard religion as a nice number to cover their real interests .

  2. What law has been transgressed? Temporal or spiritual. Or a mix of the two under employment law?

  3. Hallowed Be,

    I assume homosexuality is illegal in the Vatican – they aren’t exactly the definition of a liberal state. And they are a theocracy, so all laws are spiritual…

  4. Watchman- Ha yeah that’s what i was interested in – whether they’d put someone in jail for man-love.
    Presumably they’ll get them for the drugs anyway, unless they can convince the police it was just a heavy incense fuelled session of ecstasy.

    So I looked it up (albeit on on a lgbt wikipedia page) and yes man love made legal in 2008.

    but turned up a fun fact – age of consent is significantly different in marriage.

    “Criminal law[edit]
    There are no criminal laws against non-commercial, private, adult and consensual same-sex sexual activity. Since 2013, the age of consent is 18 years old, except for sex within (opposite-sex) marriage, in which case it is 14 years old.[2]”

  5. Let’s look at the source article, not the New Zealand Herald’s version of events.

    Churning it through Google Translate turns up fine gems of machine translation like “red light-bulbous festivities”. Then there’s this revealing paragraph:

    [The apartment block’s] main entrance is right on the Piazza del Sant’Uffizio, which is already Italian territory and is out of control of the Swiss Guards and the Gendarmerie. Anyone, day and night, can freely enter the Vatican from this access point without being subject to any control and without obviously being registered. A perfect location to enjoy the privileges of extraterritoriality without having to undergo neither the checks of the Italian State nor those of the Vatican City.

    He couldn’t have picked a better location.

    The Italians have gay sex & drug scandals with their microstates; we merely get Ritchie moaning about tax differences with ours.

  6. What is the world coming to if you can’t have a drug-fuelled gay orgy in a cardinal’s apartment without being raided by the police?

  7. And not completely off topic… anyone downloaded Milo’s book yet? Just started it today.

  8. The Inimitable Steve

    DJ – I love Milo, but I’m slightly afraid that reading his book might open a portal to the Frankie Goes To Hollywood universe.

  9. My favorite sentence so far:

    “I’m the Ken doll from the underworld”.

    This book is going to be a hoot.

  10. I pre-ordered it. Frankly I’m not that bothered about reading it (but will). I just ordered it as a FU to the MSM.

  11. You’d think if anyone would appreciate an antiestablishment position it would be Jesus Christ.

  12. DJ,

    I’m not sure what position Jesus would have adopted at the event – we don’t have enough information on his preferences…

  13. From what evidence I can see, probably a position with his arms wide out and his ankles crossed.

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