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Vatican hit by gay sex scandal

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Vatican hit by gay sex scandal | World news | guardian.co.uk

The Vatican was today rocked by a sex scandal reaching into Pope Benedict’s household after a chorister was sacked for allegedly procuring male prostitutes for a papal gentleman-in-waiting.

Angelo Balducci, a Gentleman of His Holiness, was caught by police on a wiretap allegedly negotiating with Thomas Chinedu Ehiem, a 29-year-old Vatican chorister, over the specific physical details of men he wanted brought to him. Transcripts in the possession of the Guardian suggest that numerous men may have been procured for Balducci, at least one of whom was studying for the priesthood.

The explosive claims about Balducci’s private life have caused grave embarrassment to the Vatican, which has yet to publicly comment on the affair.

Wouldn’t it be easier to just admit that there are a lot of gay priests (and probably nuns), accept homosexuality as another manifestation of God’s will, and get on with the business of saving souls? C’mon! It’s not like it’s a secret.

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Author: Bill

Stumbling down the Middle Path, one day at a time.

2 thoughts on “Vatican hit by gay sex scandal

  1. Married Catholics should be ordained priests

    According to news report in the Times of India dated 6.3.2010, a Kerala Christian priest has been arrested for alleged sexual abuse of a minor girl inmate of a hostel run by the Church at Pothukal in Malappuram. This is not an isolated and new case. But the cases are not reported to the police for the sincere desire to avoid the Church getting bad name and also many of the victims are poor.
    Majority of Indian Catholics are under the wrong impression that the tradition of Catholic priests remaining unmarried has been in practice since the times of Jesus Christ. It is not true. In fact, eleven out twelve disciples of Christ were happily married men. And, if you look at the history of the Church available freely on the internet, it will be seen that earlier not only priests, but bishops and popes were also married. Some of them even had more than one wife and mistresses, too. It was at the general council held at Lateran (Rome) in 1139 AD during the tenure of Pope Innocent II that the law was enacted for priests to remain unmarried for life. Actually, celibacy is glorious only when it comes from within oneself as a result of meditation and self-realization. It should never be imposed as a pre-condition to priesthood. But the Catholic Church has thrust it upon candidates desirous of becoming priests. Since priestly training begins at the young age and the candidates have to make decision too early in life, many priests have strayed at later stage in their life all over the world. Many have also left priesthood and got married. Some also question whether being unmarried is necessary to administer sacraments. In Indian tradition, married life is never considered as inferior or a hindrance or against spiritual progress. The Catholic Church should see signs of the times and ordain elderly married persons of sound character to the ministry of priesthood.

    -Vincent Bagul, Mumbai, India

  2. So true. By now I would think that homosexuality has become a fact of life, not a shameful secret or social threat. When we try to deny any aspect of life as vital as sexuality, we usually end by distorting it, forcing it through the emotional wringer of shame. Just as a blade of grass will twist its way through concrete, so sexuality will go through all manner of contortion to fulfill itself. God doesn’t want out misery, just our joy in being ourselves.

    Bill: The priesthood, monastery and convent are all places where young Catholics who were/are terrified of their “sinful” tendencies could go and — seemingly — be safe from their passions. Oops. As you stated, sexuality will out. (No pun intended…but if you want to give credit….)

    My mom was a priest’s housekeeper for more than 30 years, and I’ve known a lot of priests and other religious. I’m here to tell you that there are a lot of gays in the biz. Anecdotally, I’d put it close to 50% amongst the ones I’ve known. That will probably scandalize good Catholics, but a) I don’t consider it a detriment to their character, so I’m not knocking the church, and b) those who find it uncomfortable can disbelieve all they want.

    What totally amazes me is the way that the church has fought it so hard, all things considered. I mean, after all, gay beats the hell out of pedophile.

    Finally, let me say that unlike many former Catholics, I don’t hold a grudge against the church. I just think of myself as having left it behind.

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