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Gay priest witch hunt catches three on video in sex clubs

Still from video showing Catholic priest having sex in an Italian gay bar
Still from video showing Catholic priest having sex in an Italian gay bar
Panorama Magazine

The UK's Daily Mail is reporting that three Catholic priests were caught on tape having sex in Rome's gay nightclubs.  The news has reportedly "shocked ... the devoutly Catholic country".

A reporter for Panorama magazine, who works for Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi (who happens to own all Italian media), hired a "gay accomplice" help him scope out Catholic priests in Italian gay bars.

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."  Well, all except for one, whom the magazine called Carlo, who "willingly put on his cassock to have sex with the reporter's gay accomplice."

Now, if you can get past your initial knee-jerk repulsion to this revelation, consider this:  The Vatican, and the Catholic Church generally, has a long history of priest pedophilia, which is illegal, and which, for the most part, has been kept secret.  The majority of priests who have admitted having sex with young boys identify as heterosexual, not homosexual. Nevertheless, Pope Benedict XVI has predictably decided to scapegoat the gays, announcing in 2008 a crackdown, or "gay witch hunt", if you will.

So why go out to gay nightclubs with the intent to bust gay Catholic priests, who were not doing anything illegal, and weren't doing it inside the church?

Stay with me here before you condemn me to hell for all eternity.   I'm simply saying gay priests are people, and have just as much of a right to have consensual sex as anyone else, as long as it's legal and it doesn't hurt anyone.

Let's rewind a bit.  The vow of celibacy was introduced in the Church of Rome in 1079 by Pope Gregory VII, a.k.a. Hildebrand of Sovana.  It took 60 years for it to be codified.  Prior to that, Catholic priests were free to have sex, and even marry and have children. Pope Gregory was despised by by many for his overreaching of papal power.  He excommunicated Henry IV, twice no less, and was described as a "rough and violent peasant, enlisting his brute strength in the service of the monastic ideal which he embraced."  Gregory VII was so despised, he died in exile in the small Italian town of Salerno.

Now fast-forward about 1000 years to the present.  Despite the fact that Gregory VII was reviled and exiled, the Catholic church continues to cling to his rotten-to-the-core vow of celibacy.  Granted, Catholic priests know what they're getting into when they take the vow, but they are also human, and as such, by nature they have basic needs.  Many of them have satisfied the need for sex illegally, with children, and it's been covered up for God knows how long by the church.  I'm guessing around 1000 years.

I'm willing to bet you that if hidden cameras were placed in every priest's quarters and every little hidden-away spot in the Vatican, Silvio Berlusconi's head would explode when he saw the tapes and realized the Vatican is a hotbed of gay sex.   Is it wrong when grown men have sex with children?  Yes.  Is it wrong when two consenting adults have sex? No.

So before you go condemning the priests who were caught on camera in gay nightclubs having sex, think about who the Catholic vow of celibacy came from, and just how unrealistic it is, even to men of the cloth.  Isn't it about time the Vatican wised up and stopped pointing the finger of blame at gay men for its own pathetic failures to fight human nature?

I welcome your comments, condemnations, and prayers for my soul.

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  • Tom :Leal 5 years ago

    "Shocked"??? Is that because only three priests showed up on the tapes?

    Kelvin, a legal technicality . . .
    "Celibacy" is a vow only to remain single or unmarried, not to refrain from sexual activity. "Chastity" is a vow to abstain from sexual activity and priests do not take this vow. Because sex outside of marriage is a mortal sin, a vow of celibacy might imply one of chastity. However, a mortal sin can be confessed and absolved--slate wiped clean. Priests often help each other out with easy confessions. BTW, nuns do NOT take a vow of celibacy; they marry Christ with their final vows ("brides of Christ") and wear a wedding band. They take a vow of chastity instead.

  • International LGBT Examiner Kelvin Lynch 5 years ago

    Thanks for calling attention to the distinction. However, Merriam-Webster defines celibacy as both abstaining from sexual intercourse, the state of being unmarried, or abstention by vow of marriage.

    I'm not sure if the Catholic church uses a different definition, but it appears they don't, since they force their priests to abstain from sex by taking a vow of celibacy (whether express or implied).

    Merriam-Webster defines chastity as abstention from unlawful sexual intercourse or abstention from all sexual intercourse.

  • Toby 5 years ago

    If the Catholic church could get over it's issues with gays and with sex and support both priest marrying and same-sex marriage, maybe these men of the cloth could actually marry and have sex inside a loving committed relationship instead of in a nightclub. Someday, we can old hope.

  • peaceatheart 4 years ago

    The church should allow priests to marry. This would resolve many problems. What I find shocked and repulsing is not that the priest is gay but that he was making fun of his religion by dressing up as a priest for sex. I am appalled and disgusted by this act. It's horrible to see a priest doing this.
    As a religious person and a person that has a master degree in Religion Studies. I am deeply insulted and hope that the Vatican will remove such people.
    I am so happy that their is a "witch hunt" on such priest. I want my religion to be purified from pedophiles and false priests.
    I want and the Vatican MUST take action NOW!!!

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