The archdiocese of Naples says it has sent the Vatican a 1,200-page dossier compiled by a male escort identifying 40 actively gay priests and seminarians in Italy.
In a statement on the diocesan website, Cardinal Cresenzio Sepe said none of the identified priests worked in Naples. But he said he decided to forward the file to the Vatican because “there remains the gravity of the cases for which those who have erred must pay the price, and be helped to repent for the harm done.”
The dossier, containing WhatsApp chats and other evidence, was compiled by a self-proclaimed gay escort, Francesco Mangiacapra. He has told Italian media that he outed the priests because he couldn’t stand their hypocrisy any longer.
None of the 34 priests or six seminarians was accused of having sex with minors, Mangiacapra was quoted as saying in the diocesan statement.
“We’re talking about sins, not crimes,” the escort was quoted as saying in the statement.
It’s the latest sex scandal to convulse the Italian church and the Vatican.
"They cross a dangerous line": Russians warned the US against a blow to Syria
Washington crosses the "dangerous thin line", considering the scenario of the military conflict with Damascus. This opinion was expressed by the Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzia.
"It seems to me that they are crossing a dangerous thin line, which is dangerous in and for the world," the diplomat said.
According to him, Moscow has repeatedly warned Washington about the unpleasant consequences of military aggression against the legitimate Syrian government.
"We have repeatedly warned the American side about the possible very negative consequences of the possible use of weapons against the legitimate Syrian government, and especially if the use of these weapons - God forbid, of course - affect our military," Nebenyu Tass quoted.
The representative also recalled that Russian servicemen, unlike their American counterparts, are legally in Syria, at the invitation of the official Damascus.
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