ROME: Police Raid Gay Orgy In Vatican Apartment

The Australian reports:

Vatican police broke up a homosexual orgy last month in an apartment belonging to the Con­gregation for the Doctrine of the Faith — the department charged with, among other things, tackling clerical sexual abuse. The occupant of the apartment is alleged to be the secretary of cardinal Francesco Coccopa­l­merio, head of the Pontifical Council for Legislative texts and a key adviser to the Pope. Cardinal Coccopalmerio is said to have recommended his aide for promotion to bishop, but those plans are likely to be disrupted by news of the orgy and by a period spent recovering from a drug overdose in a Rome hospital and another in an Italian monastery. The allegations about the orgy were published by the newspaper Il Fatto Quotidiano.

The International Business Times reports:

Police raided the apartment in June after complaints from neighbours who reported unusual behaviour among people visiting the apartment. The newspaper quoted the police as saying that they found drugs and a group of men engaged in sexual activity when they entered the apartment. The police have arrested the priest and taken him for questioning, presumably on drugs charges. It is not a criminal offence to engage in private same-sex activity in Vatican City.