Sunday, October 21, 2007

Will Suspended Priest Release Names of Vatican Gays?

Michael Crawford for Bloggernista: The Vatican priest who was recently suspended after being secretly taped coming on to a young man reportedly has a list of gay clerics who work in the Vatican and is threatening to release the names:

Father Tommaso Stenico (60) had “a detailed dossier” of all the homosexual clerics at Vatican “with a list of names and circumstances implicating a certain number of priests and even bishops working at the Curia”, Ignazio Ingrao, reporter for the conservative news weekly said.

Stenico also sent his superior Cardinal Claudio Hummes a report denouncing the moral degradation within the Curia, which could make the Vatican “tremble”, Ingrao

According to Panorama, Stenico, who also worked for a Catholic television station Telepace and owns a white BMW car, also drew up the list out of resentment at having waited so long to be named a bishop.

A hidden camera in his office showed the priest, who worked in a Vatican department managing the 400 000 Roman Catholic priests around the world, declaring himself an “active homosexual” and making sexual advances to a young man.

On October 1, Italian television station La7 aired footage from the encounter showing the two men with their faces blurred. — AFP.

LSB: It would be interesting to know if Msgr. Georg Gänswein, the Pope’s incredibly attractive personal assistant, is on that list. The Vatican has an even stronger DADT policy than the U.S. military - it is simply "DON'T." I’m not Catholic and I don’t send my money to the Catholic church, so I’ve got no dog in this fight; however, it does seem to me that if you can't follow that rule you should get into a line of business that doesn't have it. The U.S. military, one the other hand, DOES get a large chunk of my money – as it also gets much of its spending money from a large number of gay men and women. In the case of the U.S. military I believe the institution has to change its rules.

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