Vatican Police Reportedly Raid Drug-Fuelled Gay Orgy At Cardinal's Apartment

Photo: Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio (Source: The Vatican)

Vatican police raided a cardinal's apartment, interrupting what reports have described as a "drug-fuelled homosexual orgy."

While it is said that the raided apartment belongs to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the same department charged with battling clerical sexual abuse, the alleged occupant of the apartment is believed to be the secretary of Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio, head of the Pontifical Council for Legislative texts, and a key adviser to the Pope.

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Italy's Il Fatto Quotidiano, was the first paper to report on the apartment raid that took place near Vatican City, last month.

It is said that police were tipped to investigate after neighbors complained about the irregular behavior of those coming in and out of the apartment.

From The New Zealand Herald:

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

The priest was then arrested and taken for questioning.

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

The incident is symptomatic of a difficult period for the Pope. Four years into his papacy the Catholic Church appears racked by conflict and scandal.

Critics blame the Pope's choice of personnel: cardinal George Pell, appointed to clean up the Vatican's murky finances, has taken a leave of absence to defend himself against sex abuse charges in Australia.