Vatican Rocked By New Scandal Involving Partying Priests

There is a new scandal involving Catholic priests this week after the Italian magazine showed priests partying at gay bars and having casual sex.

The three priests were photographed by Panorama Magazine after reporters crashed the parties. Two of the priests are Italian and one is French. One priest named Carlo is accused of putting on his cassock to have sex at the request of the reporter’s gay accomplice and that they attended a mass celebrated by Carlo.

The story should raise some issues of media ethics as well as some legal issues. First, is it appropriate for a reporter to enlist friends to engage in sex with a subject of the investigation? The magazine is owned by Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi — an ironic twist given Berlusconi’s own problems with the photos of a naked party with girls and powerful friends.

Second, in the United States, there would be a question of an intrusion upon seclusion and the publication of private facts. The latter has an exception for matters that are a “legitimate concern to the public.” The former does not. Of course, if these are public bars or acts, it would be difficult to make such a claim.

Source: Daily Mail

23 thoughts on “Vatican Rocked By New Scandal Involving Partying Priests”

  1. ID,

    Thanks! In relation to this topic, “something that was fabricated by an Italian tabloid magazine to get circulation up” is a joke that writes itself.

  2. I don’t want to be too skeptical but are we sure these guys were REAL priests? This sounds like something that was fabricated by an Italian tabloid magazine to get circulation up.

  3. AY

    please don’t let my daughter hear you say Re-Pete. She’s never liked that nickname.

  4. Tootie,
    There’s an old story about a group of priestly scholars who were searching through some catacombs for religious writing. From a distant corner was heard great tumult and crying “On no, it can’t be, after all these years…” The assembly rushed toward the noise, to find one of the brothers, sitting at a dimly lit table, scrolls spread out before him.
    ” I can barely read it in this light, but it surely says “Celebrate.”

  5. Read On This Rock by Dave Leonard. It’s a good novel about the church and its history, fiction of course but based on facts and it’ll make even the strongest Catholic think twice before walking through the doors of their church again.

  6. perry,

    I’m going to agree with each and every one of the points you raised except this one:

    “Beliefs and Customs That Displease God”

    Had you stated “In my opinion, the following are Beliefs and Customs That Displease God” then I wouldn’t object for you are entitled to your opinion and I would then argue your opinion with you.

    In my opinion, no one knows what beliefs and customs displease God and those who claim to lack the requisite humility that true holiness bestows and are violating the worship guidelines of The One as laid out in Isiah and as followed, theologically, in every legitimate Christian worship service.

    As to the other points you raised concerning the historical Jesus, most biblical scholars would agree with you though some think the date of Jesus’s birth is earlier in the modern calendar year … late March to early April.

  7. There ya go again.

    Talkin’ to people who aren’t really there.

  8. Pete: My last sentence should read “In the FIRST two verses listed from the Bible…”

  9. Beliefs and Customs That Displease God

    Trinity: Is Jehovah a Trinity—three persons in one God? No! Jehovah, the Father, is “the only true God.” (John 17:3; Mark 12:29) Jesus is His firstborn Son, and he is subject to God. (1 Corinthians 11:3) The Father is greater than the Son. (John 14:28) The holy spirit is not a person; it is God’s active force.—Genesis 1:2; Acts 2:18.

    Christmas and Easter: Jesus was not born on December 25. He was born about October 1, a time of year when shepherds kept their flocks out-of-doors at night. (Luke 2:8-12) Jesus never commanded Christians to celebrate his birth. Rather, he told his disciples to memorialize, or remember, his death. (Luke 22:19, 20) Christmas and its customs come from ancient false religions. The same is true of Easter customs, such as the use of eggs and rabbits. The early Christians did not celebrate Christmas or Easter, nor do true Christians today.

    Cross: Jesus did not die on a cross. He died on a pole, or a stake. The Greek word translated “cross” in many Bibles meant just one piece of timber. The symbol of the cross comes from ancient false religions. The cross was not used or worshiped by the early Christians. Therefore, do you think it would be right to use a cross in worship?—Deuteronomy 7:26; 1 Corinthians 10:14.

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  10. Priests at the Vatican and elected members of the U S Congress … now, I ask you, what do these two groups have in common?

  11. Can’t . . .
    Post . . .
    Stunned into . . .
    Total belief . . . that this could happen . . .

  12. Good dog – this type of behavior has been present in the Catholic church since its inception, from lowly priests to all the way to the pope. They’ve had mistresses, boy-toys, and children as a result of their liasons.

    Shocking? Hell no. Typical? Absolutely.

  13. I am shocked. Call me shocked, amazed, stupefy, utterly amazed at this revelation. A Catholic Priest, A Gay Bar and Alcohol.

    What will they think of next?

    Buddha, I am sure you are as shocked as I…..

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