IN what has been described as “a huge embarrassment” for the Vatican, reports are emerging today that the RCC has splashed out £21-million to acquire an apartment block above the popular Europa Multiclub Sauna and Gym (EMC), which claims to be Europe’s largest gay sauna”.
The revelation comes on the day that Catholic Church cardinals begin voting today for a new Pope to replace the retired Ratzinger.
According to this report, Cardinal Ivan Dias face is likely to be redder than most as he prepares to cast his vote, with the 76-year-old currently residing in a plush 12-room first-floor apartment in the complex.
A further 18 flats houses dozens of priests from the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples which is responsible for missionary activities.
The Holy See reportedly purchased the luxury headquarters in 2008 seemingly unaware of the steamy activities going on underneath their feet.
La Repubblica newspaper which splashed the story across its front page said:
Italy’s best known gay sauna in the premises is an embarrassment.
The sauna’s website features a video promoting one of its special “bear nights” in which a man strips down to a thong before changing into a priests outfit.
The Vatican declined to comment on the reports.
Meanwhile, a spoof job listing for the Pope has been removed from LinkedIn after it attracted interest from around 30 applicants interested in becoming the next leader of the Catholic Church.
Hat tip: Marcus Robinson