Vatican Suspends Monsignor for Gay Sex

October 14, 2007 at 5:49 am 4 comments

Vatican officials suspended a monsignor for seeking gay sex in an investigation by an Italian television station. Mons. Tommaso Stenico was caught on tape making overtures to a young man and reportedly telling him that he “didn’t feel he was sinning” by having sex with gay men. Stencio was a high ranking official in the Vatican’s Congregation for Clergy, which aims to ensure proper conduct by priests.

The Vatican did not identify the monsignor by name. But Monsignor Tommaso Stenico confirmed in a telephone interview with The Associated Press that he had been suspended from his post at the Vatican’s Congregation for Clergy, an office which aims to ensure proper conduct by priests.

“Don’t condemn me,” Stenico said, adding that the program “was done fraudulently” because it used a hidden camera.

A young man had contacted the television station La7 saying that he had chatted with several priests on a gay chat line. The station then used a hidden camera to film the young men and his encounters with priests. The faces of the priests were blurred out, but Vatican officials recognize the background of Stencio’s office.

The Vatican which teaches that homosexuality is a sin is evaluating the situation to figure out the punishment for Stencio.

More details can be found at ABC News and New York Times.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. phil_in_ny  |  October 14, 2007 at 3:02 pm

    I bet now all the clergy within the Vatican walls are getting nervous.

    Reply
  • 2. Bloggernista  |  October 14, 2007 at 11:05 pm

    You know it. I’m guessing that there are lots of gay/bisexual men working in the Vatican.

    Reply
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