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Vatican gay orgy: 12 facts you need to know

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ROME, July 6, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) -- A high-ranking Vatican monsignor who is a secretary to one of Pope Francis’ closest collaborators was arrested by Vatican police after they caught him hosting a cocaine-fueled homosexual orgy in a building right next to St. Peter’s Basilica. 

Here are 12 facts about the scandal. 

1. Vatican police arrested Monsignor Luigi Capozzi, 49, some two months ago during a raid in which he was allegedly caught in the act of hosting a cocaine-fueled gay orgy in the former Palace of the Holy Office. 

2. Capozzi reportedly managed to evade suspicion from Italian police by using a BMW luxury car with license plates of the Holy See, which made him practically immune to stops and searches. This privilege, usually reserved for high-ranking prelates, would have allowed the monsignor to transport cocaine for his frequent homosexual orgies without being stopped by the Italian police. 

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3. The Vatican-owned building in which the raid happened is currently being used by various high-ranking churchmen, including prefects, presidents, and secretaries to the Roman Curia. Police reportedly became suspicious after tenants in the building complained repeatedly about constant comings and goings of visitors to the building during all hours of the night. 

4. At the time of the arrest, Capozzi was allegedly so high on cocaine that he was hospitalized for detoxification for a short period in the Pius XI clinic in Rome. 

5. Despite Pope Francis’ promises of transparency and of cleaning up the Curia, not a word about the scandal has been spoken by any Vatican officials. Italian media broke the story last week after receiving inside information. 

6. Capozzi was apparently in the running to become a bishop at his boss Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio’s recommendation.

7. Capozzi is bizarrely still listed as an active staff member on the website of the Pontifical Council for the Interpretation of Legal Texts. 

8. Capozzi is currently in an undisclosed convent in Italy undergoing a spiritual retreat. There has been no mention of a process of laicization for his transgressions. 

9. Capozzi’s boss is Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio, the Vatican’s top canonical official. He is one of Pope Francis’ closest collaborators and ardent supporters

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10. Coccopalmerio has spoken publicly about what he has called “positive elements" in homosexual relationships. He said that while homosexual relationships are deemed “illicit” by the Church, Catholic leaders, such as himself, must “emphasize” the “positive realities” that he said are present in homosexual relationships. 

11. There is speculation that Coccopalmerio knew about the gay orgies and did nothing about them. 

12. Coccopalmerio has been in the vanguard of advancing Pope Francis’ makeover of the Catholic Church. This includes writing a book earlier this year that defended Francis’s 2016 Exhortation Amoris Laetitia as allowing civilly-divorced-and-remarried Catholics living in adultery as well as unmarried cohabiting Catholics living in fornication to receive Holy Communion. His book was praised by left-leaning Church leaders, such as Cardinal Blase Cupich, even though it completely contradicted clear Catholic teaching on marriage, the Eucharist, and confession. 

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Pete Baklinski

Pete Baklinski is a Canadian-based reporter for LifeSiteNews. He has a B.A. in liberal arts from Thomas Aquinas College and a masters in theology (STM) from the International Theological Institute. 

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