Was a gay pros­ti­tu­tion ring op­er­at­ing in the vat­i­can?

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In one of the most damn­ing ac­cu­sa­tions ever lev­elled at the church, two Vat­i­can em­ploy­ees – An­gelo Bal­ducci, a se­nior usher at the Vat­i­can, and Ghinedu Ehiem, a for­mer mem­ber of an elite Vat­i­can choir – were recorded on a wire tap dis­cussing how to ar­range male pros­ti­tutes for a pa­pal gen­tle­man-in-wait­ing. The tran­scripts, pub­lished by Ital­ian news­pa­per La Repub­blica in 2010, show Ehiem sug­gest­ing to Bal­ducci, un­der sus­pi­cion of cor­rup­tion at the time, that he meet a man whom he de­scribes as “two me­tres tall…97 ki­los… aged 33, com­pletely ac­tive.” Three years later, the same news­pa­per leaked a Vat­i­can dossier which re­vealed the ex­is­tence of a “gay con­clave”, a group of se­nior cler­gy­men “united by their sex­u­al­ity” who held par­ties with gay male pros­ti­tutes. Ac­cord­ing to Catholic teach­ings, ho­mo­sex­ual acts are “in­trin­si­cally dis­or­dered.”

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