Church de­fi­ant amid gay sex probe

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VAT­I­CAN CITY — An Ital­ian dio­cese is de­fend­ing its de­ci­sion to or­dain a sem­i­nar­ian ac­cused in a book and an in­ves­tiga­tive TV re­port of hav­ing en­gaged in gay sex with a fel­low teen while both stud­ied at the Vat­i­can’s youth sem­i­nary.

A state­ment Tues­day from the dio­cese of Como said church su­pe­ri­ors had in­ves­ti­gated claims against the sem­i­nar­ian and de­ter­mined that he was wor­thy of be­ing or­dained. It said church au­thor­i­ties in Rome had given him a “pos­i­tive” eval­u­a­tion, which fac­tored into the de­ci­sion to or­dain him.

Ital­ian jour­nal­ist Gian­luigi Nuzzi re­vealed the case of the un­named sem­i­nar­ian in his new book Orig­i­nal Sin.

This week­end, in­ves­tiga­tive TV re­port

Le Iene (The Hye­nas) in­ter­viewed the sub­ject of the sem­i­nar­ian’s re­ported ad­vances. He said the sem­i­nar­ian, who was a year older and had a po­si­tion of au­thor­ity over younger stu­dents, would come into his dorm at night de­mand­ing sex start­ing when he was 13 and con­tin­u­ing un­til he was 18.

The Vat­i­can hasn’t com­mented on the al­le­ga­tions.

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