A sensational cover story that says priests in Rome are leading double lives on the city’s gay scene is the latest scandal to hit the Roman Catholic Church.
Alleged homosexual encounters involving three clerics are captured on camera in an undercover report by the conservative ‘Panorama’ magazine.
Homosexuality is a sensitive issue for the Roman Catholic Church which regards any sexual activity outside marriage as sinful. Hence the scandal triggered by an expose entitled “Gay Priests’ Nights on the Town”.
According to ‘Panorama’, owned by Italian premier and media magnate Silvio Berlusconi, priests are making nocturnal trips to clubs like this.
Catholic Church authorities have reacted by urging gay clerics to come out of the closet and leave the priesthood. The Rome Diocese maintains the vast majority of priests in the city are, in its words, “models of morality for all”.