Vatican police have raided a Cardinal’s apartment where a drug-fuelled homosexual orgy was taking place, leaving Pope Francis infuriated, according to reports.

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A drug-fueled homosexual orgy was discovered in a raid by members of the Vatican Gendarmerie in an apartment at the former palace of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (or Holy Office), which is a Vatican-owned extraterritorial property not far from the Vatican City. According to Italian journal Il Fatto Quoditiano, a priest who serves as secretary to a cardinal.

The priest was taken to the Pius XI clinic in Rome for medical treatment for drug addiction. According to reports, he is currently on a spiritual retreat at convent somewhere in Italy.

The former Holy Office palace is now home to various high-ranking churchmen, such as prefects, presidents, and secretaries to the Roman Curia — the administrative body that regulates the functions of the Vatican and the wider Catholic Church.

According to Il Fatto Quotidiano, neighbors became suspicious and then complained about irregular goings and comings at the apartment. When police investigated, they found a party in full swing and immediately arrested the priest. According to police, the priest had been able to traffick illegal drugs through the use of a car that bears Vatican City license plates. It was therefore that he had not been previously subject to searches, which is a courtesy extended to high-ranking representatives of the Church.

The building that formerly housed the Holy Office is an extraterritorial property of the Holy See — the Vatican city-state which is entirely encircled by Italy — but does afford easy access to Vatican territory.

Even while the building lies within the territory of Italy, it is not usual for Italian police to patrol there or interfere with persons crossing from the building into Vatican territory. In addition, because the building is outside of the borders of the Vatican City, neither the Swiss Guards or Gendarmerie have jurisdiction over the courtyard that is between the building and the border of the Vatican State. The article at Il Fatto Quotidiano stated, “A perfect location to enjoy the privileges of extraterritoriality without having to undergo neither the checks of the Italian State nor those of the Vatican City.”

Il Fatto Quotidiano did not name the prelate for whom the priest in question was working as secretary. However, other news sources have named him as Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio. Il Fatto Quotidiano reported rumors that the high-ranking churchman had been working late into the night at the apartment where the later unfortunate events occurred.

Cardinal Coccopalmerio is the president of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, which serves to interpret canon law of the Church. Born in 1938, he is well past the mandatory age of retirement: 75 years. The Italian news site suggested that Pope Francis has been infuriated by the news and may move to accelerate Coccopalmerio’s retirement. Additionally, the website reported that Coccopalmerio had proposed the secretary to serve as a bishop, “But someone stopped this appointment before it was too late,” it said.



It has emerged that police last month entered an apartment at the former palace of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, whose responsibilities include investigating clerical sexual abuse.

The occupant of the apartment is alleged to be a priest who serves as a secretary to Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio, who is the head of the Pontifical Council for Legislative texts and a personal adviser to the Pope.

When police arrived at the apartment, they reportedly found drugs and a group of men engaged in sexual activity.

The priest was reportedly arrested and taken for questioning, presumably over drugs offences, as engaging in homosexual sex is not a crime in Vatican City.

According to the Italian daily newspaper Il Fatto Quotidiano, neighbours became suspicious before complaining about the irregular behavior of those who were coming and going at the apartment.

Il Fatto Quotidiano claimed that Pope Francis has been infuriated by the news and may force Coccopalmerio into retirement.

The revelation comes a week after Cardinal George Pell, appointed by the Pope to clean up the Vatican’s finances, took leave of absence to defend himself against sex abuse charges in Australia.

Pell, 76, has protested his innocence and claimed that he was looking forward to having his day in court after a two-year investigation, ‘leaks to the media’ and ‘relentless character assassination’.

Australian police have not revealed details of the charges against Pell, citing the need to preserve the integrity of the judicial process.

In March, the Vatican was also hit by claims of separate orgies and prostitution among priests across Italy.


Translated from Il Fatto Quoditiano:

A feast Gay -based drugs .

That’s what they discovered the men of the Vatican Gendarmerie in a raid inside an apartment in the palace of the former Holy Office. Right there where for a quarter of a century the then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger has played his tenure as prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith before being elected Pope.

The tenant of the apartment, according to tell the Vatican, is a monsignor who acted as secretary duties of an important cardinal in charge of a department of the Roman Curia. The man immediately stopped by the Gendarmerie, was first hospitalized for a short period in the Roman Pius XI clinic to detox from drugs, and is currently in retreat at a convent in Italy.

In the Vatican mouths sewn or almost delicate operation carried out by men commanded by Domenico Giani . Somebody blurts out that he had complained repeatedly to a constant coming and going from the main entrance, in the evening, people who have been regulars Monsignor stopped. Within the hallowed halls explain that the apartment where the feasts were consumed in drug-based red light was not to be assigned to the Secretary of a department head.

It is, in fact, of a house reserved for superiors, prefects, presidents or secretaries of the Roman Curia and not simple monsignori. Just as he had aroused different moods that the prelate in question had a luxury car with the license plate of the Holy See. This too is a privilege reserved for prelates. Evidently, as showed by some reconstructions made at the Vatican, was this vehicle that allowed its owner to transport drugs without being stopped by the Italian police.

 It tells of a Pope to say the least enraged when, after he had arrived tipped off and had been decided the operation of the Gendarmerie, he learned that the monsignor had been caught in the act.
Among the condos of the Palace of the former Holy Office embarrassment it is widespread, but also the reassurance that, at least for the moment, will return to reign a bit ‘of peace building. Its main entrance, in fact, opens out directly onto the square of the Holy Office that is already Italian territory and is out of control of the Swiss Guard and the Gendarmerie. Anyone who, by day and by night, can freely enter the Vatican to this access without undergoing any control and without of course be filed. A perfect location to enjoy the privileges of extraterritoriality without being subject either to the Italian State controls, nor to those of the Vatican City.

Resolved, to say the least, the affair to say the least unfortunate of the lord, it remains to clarify the position of the cardinal of which he was secretary. “Have not you ever noticed anything? Yet he said that they worked together until late “, it still leaves out a high priest.It is rumored that even considering the age of the cardinal that was well over 75 years, ie the canonical age of the resignation, Francis has decided to accelerate the retirement partly because of recent events. “He had proposed his secretary for the episcopate. Luckily they have not made a bishop. Now what would have happened? “, It is the consideration of a prelate shared by other brothers. But has anyone stopped this nomination before it was too late.


It all started with the usual complaints from disgruntled neighbors: funny smells, slamming doors, loud music, the sound of squeaky beds and laughter late into the night. In almost any other situation anywhere in the world, the angry neighbors would have confronted the noisy tenant, maybe left a mean note on the door or complained to the landlord and the matter would be settled.

But this particular dispute occurred in one of the most prestigious addresses in Rome, the so-called Ex Sant’Uffizio Palace, in the very apartment owned by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith where Joseph Ratzinger lived for decades before becoming Pope Benedict XVI. The palatial ochre-colored building is home to dozens of high-ranking cardinals who live within walking distance of their jobs at the Roman Curia in Vatican City next door.

The fed-up neighbors were simply sick of what they described as a “steady stream of young men” who frequented Ratzinger’s former apartment, which had been given to Monsignor Luigi Capozzi, the secretary for Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio, who heads the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, which busies itself with deciphering and clarifying various points of canon law. So they called the cops, in this case the Vatican’s elite Swiss Guard gendarmerie unit, when the noise and movida nightlife just got to be too much.

The Vatican police showed up to find an orgy in progress, with an untold number of naked men allegedly writhing around the floor with Capozzi and his cohorts, who were apparently under the influence of hard drugs according to the Italian newspaper Il Fatto Quotidiano which broke the story that a host of Italian and international media have since picked up.

Calls to the Swiss Guard turned up neither confirmations nor denials, but Capozzi is no longer at his job, according to the switchboard operator at his boss’ office.

According to the unconfirmed, yet wildly salacious reports, the gendarmerie kicked everyone out and took Capozzi straight to a detox center in the hills outside of Rome. He is now supposed to be at a convent outside of Rome where wayward priests go to repent. He will face misdemeanor drug charges, say the local papers, but orgies aren’t illegal and there were no underage boys on the premises when the bust took place so he will not face sex-related charges.

This latest salacious headline, which has become all-too-common when it comes to priests behaving badly, is said to have angered Pope Francis, who considers Coccopalmerio a close aid.

It comes on the heels of last week’s news that the pope’s finance czar, Cardinal George Pell, is facing criminal sex abuse charges for alleged crimes during his time as a priest in Australia.