Book al­leges many Catholic sins

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ROME » The Ital­ian jour­nal­ist who was put on trial by the Vat­i­can for pub­lish­ing con­fi­den­tial doc­u­ments has writ­ten a new book al­leg­ing a host of Catholic sins, in­clud­ing gay sex in the Vat­i­can’s youth sem­i­nary.

Gian­luigi Nuzzi’s “Orig­i­nal Sin” went on sale Thurs­day. At a news con­fer­ence, Nuzzi said his lawyers had hand-de­liv­ered a copy to the Vat­i­can’s crim­i­nal prose­cu­tor, say­ing at least one of the sem­i­nar­i­ans was a mi­nor at the time of the al­leged es­capades.

The Vat­i­can didn’t im­me­di­ately com­ment.

The book re­pro­duces doc­u­ments from the Vat- ican’s scan­dal-marred bank, show­ing mul­ti­mil­lion- dol­lar ac­counts in the names of Popes Paul VI and John Paul II and their pri­vate sec­re­taries. And it al­leges that hid­den pow­ers in the Vat­i­can were block­ing the re­forms of Pope Fran­cis and his pre­de­ces­sor, Bene­dict XVI.

The book delves into the case of one of the Vat­i­can’s big­gest mys­ter­ies, the 1983 dis­ap­pear­ance of Emanuela Or­landi, the 15-year- old daugh­ter of a Vat­i­can em­ployee.

And it gath­ers to­gether years of ex­poses into the gay sub­cul­ture of the Vat­i­can. The new claims con­cern the Vat­i­can’s St. Pius X pre-sem­i­nary formid­dle and high school­ers who are con­sid­er­ing a pos­si­ble vocation to the priest­hood.

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