Priests and the Rome gay sex scene

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There’s a flourishing gay scene for priests in Rome, according to a new book due out soon.

Sex and the Vatican: a secret journey in the reign of the chaste, will publish testimonies from priests and from undercover reporting. Carmelo Abbate, an investigative journalist, authored the book which will be published in Italian and French.

Abbate spent months undercover documenting a “hidden world” in which heterosexual priests have children with women who can never be their wives, and gay priests of many different nationalities visit nightclubs in Rome and pay for sex with escorts.

“Priests of all nationalities divide their time between Via della Conciliazione (the main road leading to St. Peter’s basilica) and the party scene of Rome by night,” the book’s editors Piemme said in a press release.

Abbate said he is not anti-catholic or anti-clerical, but he aims to break the culture of secrecy surrounding the sex life of priests.

“The purpose of the book is not to shame Catholic clergy, it is to expose the hypocrisy and double standards of the Church,” Mr Abbate, an award-winning investigative reporter, told The Daily Telegraph.

“There are priests with children but the kids cannot talk to their fathers in public for fear of their situation being discovered.

“There is a culture of ‘omerta’ (silence) in which the Church pretends not to know about any of this. If the authorities do find out, they just cover it up so as to avoid any scandal.”

The book developed from an investigation conducted by Mr Abbate last year in which he used hidden cameras to film three priests attending gay nightspots in Rome and having casual sex, before donning their cassocks the next day and holding church services.

“At the time the Church said that these were just isolated incidents. I wanted to explore whether that was true and what I found was that the phenomenon is much, much wider,” he said.

Women who become pregnant to a priest told Abbate they were forced to have an abortion, or have their child put up for adoption. Some priests pay ex-lovers hush money to keep the partner quiet, while others, on the quiet, support their children through school.

“For a lot of priests, the Church’s teaching on sexual relations are a prison”, Abbate said.

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5 Responses to Priests and the Rome gay sex scene

  1. Lynne Newington says:

    No wonder Franciscan friar Luke Newington was refused the Rescript of Legitimation according to Canon1139, for his child and mother he'd been requesting right up to his death and refused.
    The proposal of living together refused by her, as lacking common sense prudence and logic.
    But then she was a convert, and would never have believed that if she was prepared to become a Vatican whore, as illustrated in the above article, she would had some semblance of "family life" according to Rome in the City of God with it's world wide outreaches.
    It would also explain why the Archdiocese of Melbourne in Australia, had a facility in St Vincents Maternity Hospital, in place at the request of Archbishop Daniel Mannix all those years ago, catering for women in their confinement who were carrying babies of the clergy, utilized by consecutive archbishops and cohorts, into the nineteen eighties.
    Shameful.

  2. Lynne Newington says:

    The importance of being independant.
    No legal challenge to this story, only the culture as referred to in the article, “omerta”, to prevent “scandal”.
    Not the fact a father’s dying wish made long before his illness through valid Canonical process, was denied.
    Past Minister Provincial Stephen Bliss, held to ransom by his successor Paul Smith.
    Obedience not conscience.

  3. Lynne Newington says:

    Broke is vows of celibacy yes, at 64 years old, more to the orders disgrace knowing he was having dificulties for many years, yet continuing to place him in vulnerable situations both publicly and privately.
    He wantd to leave back in the seventies, whilst in New Guinea, they bought him back to Australia where he ultimately had a nervous breakdown.
    He went through a valid process, and when one considers the available and acceptable option according to Canon Law, of living a lie in the spurious brother sister arrangement whilst still in ministry, one has to wonder who the real fornicators are wouldn't you think.

  4. Lynne Newington says:

    An interesting observation; the difference between the two Father Provincials is that Stephen Bliss understood the rights and need of a natural father and pursued them, through a valid prcess, Paul Smith prepared to let him go to is grave as a fornicator.

  5. Freda says:

    That's what he was – a fornicator; broke his vows of celibacy and would have likely broken marriage vows as well if that had been permitted.

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