Drugs and Sodomy in the Vatican
According to an article which first appeared on 28 June in the Italian newspaper, Il Fatto Quotidiano, Vatican police, alerted to strange shenanigans going on in the flat of a monsignor, a man who was the secretary of a senior Roman Catholic cardinal, raided the flat and broke up a drug-fuelled homosexual party. The flat, which is in the Vatican itself, is not far from the Santa Marta residence of the pope of Rome, Francis I. It is in the Palazzo del Sant’Uffizio, which belongs to the Vatican’s “Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith” – which used to be known as the Inquisition. Be it noted, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith is the very institution in charge of supposedly dealing with priestly sex abuse cases!
Neighbours living in the building had complained of the “constant coming and going” of young men, and of noisy parties being held in the flat.
The Italian article said that the secretary was also entrusted with a luxury car with Vatican number plates, which enabled him to transport the drugs into the Vatican without being troubled by Vatican or Italian police.
The Vatican reacted – apparently by hustling the offender off into a “retreat”! The monsignor was taken for detox at a medical facility, and was later said to be “in retreat” in a monastery somewhere in Italy. This is usual Vatican practice when one of their own is bust in some scandal of a sexual nature – he is hustled off to some secret location.
Then on 30 June, in a piece published on a French website, the monsignor-secretary was named: he was Luigi Capozzi. And so it came out that Capozzi’s boss is the Romish cardinal, Francesco Coccopalmerio. He is head of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, which makes him “like the Church’s Chief Justice, the chief interpreter of the Church’s laws.” A very influential man in the Vatican indeed. And surely he was not unaware of his secretary’s behaviour. As one high prelate commented: “Is it possible that he [Coccopalmerio) never noticed anything? Yet he often said that they [Coccopalmerio and Capozzi] worked together until late.” Certainly, considering how the monsignor was enjoying such benefits “above his pay grade” so to speak, it indicates that he was being protected by some very powerful authority figures within the Vatican itself.
But Is the Story True?
In the original article in the Italian newspaper, Il Fatto Quotidiano, “no named source whatsoever” was provided. No named sources to confirm the story; an unnamed secretary, who allegedly worked for an unnamed cardinal; no date given for the party; nothing about who actually sent the Vatican police to investigate and break up the party; no photographs of anything; no inventory of the drugs found at the party. To many, all these things indicate that the entire story was a fabrication. And yet it spread around the world like wildfire, being picked up by other media outlets.
However, there was a party, and it was broken up by the Vatican police. According to Robert Moynihan, author of The Moynihan Letters, highly respected in Roman Catholic circles as he is the editor of the influential magazine, Inside the Vatican: “I have now managed to confirm that some sort of a party did in fact take place, and that the Vatican police did come to investigate the party, entering a Vatican apartment where the party was being held, and breaking up the party. So, there seems a legitimate basis for an attempt to trace out at least part of the genesis and development of this story, though there still seems no reliable basis for any detailed presentation of the facts.”
We beg to differ with his last statement. Consider the facts: