Gay escapades of the Vatican Bank’s new man include being stuck in a lift with a rent boy

MSGR Battista Ricca, 57, recently appointed by Pope Frankie as his “eyes and ears” within the Vatican bank after he launched reforms aimed at cracking down on reported money laundering, tax evasion and other financial abuses, was allegedly shifted from a diplomatic post in Uruguay after outraging Catholic bigwigs there with a string of gay indiscretions.

Msgr Ricca, left, pictured earlier this year with the Pope

Msgr Ricca, left, pictured earlier this year with the Pope

These, according to this report, included having to be rescued from a broken down lift by firemen, who found a young  – “known to local police” –  trapped in the elevator with him.

On another occasion in the same year – 2001 – the priest was reportedly beaten up in a gay bar or, according to this report, at a cruising area, and had to call for help, arriving back at the nunciature, the Vatican embassy, with bruises to his face.

But what outraged Church officials most was the fact that Ricca arrived in Uruguay with his gay lover, Patrick Haari, in tow. The monsignor allegedly met the officer during an earlier posting to Berne in Switzerland and took him with him when he was sent to Uruguay.

The “intolerable ménage” allegedly prompted the Vatican’s nuncio, or ambassador, to appeal to Rome to have the monsignor removed. The priest was later transferred to Trinidad and Tobago and eventually recalled to Rome.

The alleged scandal is particularly embarrassing because Msgr Ricca is a trusted confidante of the Pope.

As well as having a supervisory role within the Vatican bank, which is officially known as the Institute for the Works of Religion, he is also the director of the Vatican residence where the Pope has chosen to live.

The Vatican has denied the claims. Vatican spokesman Padre Federico Lombardi sought to dismiss the claims about Msgr Ricca’s private life, saying:

What has been claimed about Msgr Ricca is not credible

Msgr Ricca himself has not yet responded to the allegations. But the Vatican had emphasised that his appointment as prelate for the IoR was technically an interim one, thus raising the possibility that the job might not last long.

Hat tip: BarrieJohn and Angela K

27 responses to “Gay escapades of the Vatican Bank’s new man include being stuck in a lift with a rent boy”

  1. Albert Yome says:

    The sheer hypocrisy, always the double standards.

  2. AgentCormac says:

    Why is he slapping the pope?

  3. polomint38 says:

    I think they are about to go in for a kiss, in that picture.

  4. barriejohn says:

    I’m sure the guy has many very heavy bags to lift. Where else but a rent boy site would you look for help?

  5. remigius says:

    What has been claimed about Msgr Ricca is not credible

    So the stuff about the talking snake, and a virgin giving birth to a zombie is believable. But a priest taking it up the arse is just too far fetched.

  6. Matt+Westwood says:

    “… a priest taking it up the arse is just too far fetched.”

    Goodness me yes. Their role is universally the active rather than the passive in such a transaction.

  7. Marky Mark says:

    “Why is he slapping the pope?”

    …prob for making a pass at his rent boy.

  8. charlie says:

    Wow, that photo says so much. Like the priest is touching his true love and saying; “That’s me papa, he such a gooooood papa. Yeah, das’a me papa for sures. He such a sweeeeeeeet papa, So sweeeet, I could just eat him up right here an’ nows.”

  9. barriejohn says:

    Sad news: Mel Smith has died of a heart attack, aged 60.

    “A gentleman, a scholar, gambler and wit.” (MSN)

  10. JohnMWhite says:

    Sad news indeed. Didn’t realise he directed Lucas’ Radioland Murders. He had a pretty broad career.

    Meanwhile, in the OP, I find it interesting that allegedly the Vatican response to a priest being gay is to send them thousands of miles away. The response to finding out they are sexually abusing minors was generally to move them a few counties over, wasn’t it?

  11. Jesus was caught with a lad wearing a towel or something the night he was arrested. What is new?

  12. Ivan says:

    A man and a rent-boy stuck in a lift (or is that a man in a lift stuck in a rent-boy?) are then “rescued” by several hunky firemen in uniform. Sounds like the plot of a bad porno to me.

  13. Trevor Blake says:

    It takes one Pope and one Msgr (and one rent boy) to carry out these actions. It takes over a billion Roman Catholics to keep them in power.

  14. Barry Duke says:

    I dunno Ivan. Sounds to me like a pretty GOOD porno!

  15. barriejohn says:

    Ivan/Barry: I’ll just have to take your word for that!

  16. Matt+Westwood says:

    “Why is he slapping the pope?”

    Because Jesus doesn’t like it when you bash the bishop.

  17. Barry Duke says:

    All this reminds me of the old question: “How do Catholics separate the men from the boys?”

    Answer: With a crowbar.

    I’ll get me coat …

  18. barriejohn says:

    We may be jumping to conclusions here. Perhaps God had afforded him the ideal opportunity to dispense “spiritual guidance” to this poor, lost sheep:

    (That story isn’t much of a “revelation” as far as I am concerned.)

    PS According to MSN, Mel Smith is now described as “A gentleman, scholar and wit” (see above). You’ve got to laugh!

  19. Matt+Westwood says:

    @barriejohn: you have evidence that Mel Smith was a peasant, a dumbo and a boor? I’ve never seen it …

  20. barriejohn says:

    Matt: You didn’t read my comment above, then. Griff Rees Jones’s original comment was that Mel Smith was “A gentleman, a scholar, gambler and wit”, but that has obviously been censored now!

  21. Broga says:

    Excellent and lengthy expose in this week’s New Statesman of the Vatican’s racket in creating saints of Pope’s who, by any decent standards, would be regarded as criminals. I note they have now dispensed with the Devil’s Advocate system. If this wasn’t being perpetrated by the Vatican racketeers the mind would boggle. For them it is just the usual business.

    And yet the UK still allows a Pope to strut his stuff in our country and gives RC priests loads of propaganda time on our licence fee funded BBC

  22. Matt+Westwood says:

    @barriejohn: O, I get it – MSN specifically censored out the fact that he was a gambler. Depressingly predictable.

    “Gambling is bad, everybody knows that, and we mustn’t speak ill of the dead because that’s, um, well, because we mustn’t, so just shut up about his gambling already …”

  23. Broga says:

    @barriejohn: Thanks. And he is headed for sainthood which means he escapes a few centuries in purgatory. What sick nonsense and we have Holy Tony and the Blessed Widders believing and supporting this drivel.

  24. AgentCormac says:

    Broga & barriejohn

    Unbelievable that they are making JP a saint. Especially as he has been spotted in hell.

  25. Jane says:

    OMG a paedophile and obviously, an unabashed sycophant. Then again, all Catholics are sycophants.