Men of God

I think the institutional Catholic church has an awful lot to clean up in their own house if they’re going to say opposing gay marriage is a principled stand:

“Put on some music, swallow a Viagra, and adelante!”

That’s the headline in Europe today following reports that a papal aide used an intermediary in an elite Vatican choir to solicit young male choristers and seminarians for prostitution.

Police wiretaps are expected to result in charges against Angelo Balducci, 63, a Papal Gentleman, as lay attendant are called, and the former chairman of the Holy See’s Public Works Department, which is itself caught up in a corruption investigation.

According to police, Balducci regularly contacted Chinedu Ehiem Thomas, a Nigerian man who sings in St. Peter’s Cappella Giulia, to engage the sexual services of young male members of the choir, along with seminarians and undocumented immigrants seeking residency status.

The Cappella Giulia is the official choir of the St. Peter’s Basilica and performs at many solemn Vatican functions not involving the pope, who is accompanied by the Sistine Chapel choir.

Ehiem, 40, who goes by the nickname Mike, and his assistant Lorenzo Renzi, 33, allegedly arranged for prostitutes for Balducci several times a week. The two men are said to have operated a network of aspiring young priests, choir members and sometimes recruited foreigners seeking to secure their immigration status.

The scandal now envelops Balducci, a well-known and powerful local figure who is married with two children, who despite all this is said to have taken remarkable risks in setting up sexual liaisons even in Chigi Palace, home of the Italian prime minister, or immediately after a private audience with a cardinal.

In 72 pages of transcribed wiretaps, Ehiem tells Balducci about one possible candidate: “Angelo … I’ll say no more. Two meters (6-foot-7), 97 kilos (250 lbs.), 33 years-old and completely active (top).”

Go read the rest, so you can remember it the next time the pope wants to lecture us.

3 thoughts on “Men of God

  1. A little known but true fact. About 4 years ago the ruling party in Ireland passed a law about the priests and their sexual habits.

    4 years later not a single priest had been arrested. Does this mean that no priests had committed evil? No, not really, because if one reads the church’s statements regarding the scandal when it unfolded, they simply passed the semi-humans on to another country.

    Now do you find the immigration officials asking for the names of the pedophiles that were transferred to the US of A? Nope.

    I started to buy some property in the south american country that I live in. Good location, competent builders, sewer lines, water lines and all of the suburban amenities that I would appreciate having.

    The couple selling the property made the mistake of having me come up to the property on a Sunday so they could point out more features that were not really shown the first time.

    A little problem, just down the road was a catholic church and it had an enormous loudspeaker on so high that I could not understand what my wife said over the noise from it.

    The couple, after we moved to a restaurant, told us that the priest was Irish and a real “fanatic.” I immediately told them that I would not buy the property because 1) I hated the noise and 2) the priest was without doubt a pedophile.

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