The Apple Of God's Eye

April 23, 2011

Thousands Of Priests ‘In Illicit Relationships’

Filed under: Catholic Church — melchia @ 4:25 pm

Thousands of Catholic priests are in illicit relationships with both men and women in contravention of the Vatican’s teachings on celibacy and homosexuality, a new book by an investigative journalist
has claimed.

Carmelo Abbate spent months undercover documenting a “hidden world” in which heterosexual priests have children with women who can never be their wives, and gay priests of many different nationalities visit nightclubs in Rome and pay for sex with escorts. His book, Sex and the Vatican: A secret journey in the reign of the chaste, was published in Italian yesterday. … “The purpose of the book is not to shame Catholic clergy, it is to expose the hypocrisy and double standards of the church,” Mr. Abbate, an award-winning investigative reporter, told the Daily Telegraph.

“There are priests with children but the kids cannot talk to their fathers in public for fear of their situation being discovered. There is a culture of omerta (silence) in which the church pretends not to know about any of this. If the authorities do find out, they just cover it up so as to avoid any scandal.” …

He cited research which suggests that as many as a third of Catholic priests in the United States are gay and a quarter are in heterosexual relationships with women. Similar statistics have been reported in Germany and Austria. …

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