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Gay orgy in the Vatican: the truth about Luigi Capozzi

Gay orgy in the Vatican: the truth about Luigi Capozzi

I held off from posting this week about  ‘drug-fuelled gay orgies’ in the Vatican because all the recent reports I read seemed thin on substance and were pretty damned garbled.

But, thanks to veteran Catholic journalist Phil Lawler, we now have a much clearer picture of the man at the centre of the Vatican’s latest scandal, Msgr Luigi Capozzi, inset above.

For starters Capozzi was not, as reports suggested, “a top-ranking Vatican official” but was the private secretary to Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio, the President of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, the Vatican body charged with the interpretation of canon law. Media reports had Capozzi down as an official of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF).

The confusion, said Lawler, arose because his apartment was located in a building that shares a courtyard with the CDF.

So what actually happened?

According to Lawler, the Vatican staffer was arrested by Vatican police who raided his apartment and discovered a drug-fueled homosexual orgy in full swing.

Msgr Capozzi has now disappeared from the Vatican scene; he was reportedly taken to a hospital for drug treatment, then to a monastery outside Rome for a spiritual retreat.

The apartment building, technically owned by the CDF, is used as a residence for top officials of the Roman Curia.

Lawler added:

It is not clear how Msgr Capozzi had managed to land an apartment there; ordinarily his rank would not have qualified him for such a prestigious Vatican address. Apparently he had influential friends. There are reports that he was in line for appointment as a bishop.

Msgr Capozzi had access to a car with Vatican license plates: again a sign that he had influential friends. Those license plates made him virtually exempt from searches by the Italian police, and could have facilitated the transportation of illegal drugs.

The location of his residence – in a building with one door leading onto Vatican territory, the other onto the streets of Rome – was also ideal for someone avoiding police oversight.

Lawler concluded that:

Capozzi evidently pushed too far. Other residents of the building (presumably including some of those top Vatican officials) complained about a steady train of young male visitors and of noisy parties at Msgr Capozzi’s apartment. Those complaints prompted the police raid.

The unvarnished facts of the case are ugly enough; they need no sensational embellishment. There are clear indications that Msgr Capozzi had powerful patrons and protectors: daunting new evidence that a ‘gay lobby’ retains considerable influence at the Vatican.

11 responses to “Gay orgy in the Vatican: the truth about Luigi Capozzi”

  1. Rob Andrews says:

    Some things never change. I was watching the American TV series “The Borgia’s”. It was about the Renaissance family by the same name.

    Several of the family were Popes.It details assassinations, sex, wars and other un-Christian things. Very believable when you consider they’re a seperate country.

  2. StephenJP says:

    Well, who really minds these days about a drug-fuelled gay orgy? The RCC seems to think it ought to, not least because it makes out it is virulently opposed to LGBT people and their relationships. But because this wretched organisation has “diplomatic” status, it is entirely self-policing; and it is unlikely that real justice will be done in regard to Mgr Capozzi. I bet this is the last we get to hear of this unsavoury case, and of Mgr Capozzi…

  3. Paul says:

    I have no problem with this if adults – although it’s odd no children were involved.

  4. lonbo says:

    “Several of the family were Popes.It details assassinations, sex, wars and other Christian things. Very believable when you consider they’re a separate country.” It make more sense without the “un-“

  5. Johan says:

    Gay orgies … fair enough … so what … no big deal. Except of course that it happens in the Vatican by people who condemn everyone else for the same behaviour. But what else can be expected when catholic priesthood is such a perfect cover job for all kinds of kinds of bad behaviour. Be very very bad and rest assured you will be protected by the catholic system.

  6. Jobrag says:

    Rob Andrews, in the days of the Borgias the Vatican wasn’t a small separate state, the Papacy controlled vast areas of land, and by spiritual control power over most of Europe.
    Stalin famously asked “how many divisions has the pope?” In the days of the Borgias an awful lot.

  7. Lucy says:

    The existence of the Vatican as a separate country is a disgrace to international law. Mussolini signed it into existence in 1929. Says it all really.

  8. barriejohn says:

    We keep reading that the RCC is having difficulty recruiting young men to the priesthood, so maybe this news will assist them.

    I remember the BBC2 series The Borgias in the 1980s. No one could understand what Adolfo Celi was saying! Sex, lies and religious hate.

  9. Laura Roberts says:

    The hypocrisy is indeed amusing, but I’m with @Paul: have all the drugs and gay sex you want; the main thing is, no children appear to have been involved. It’s a pleasant change.

  10. Vanity Unfair says:

    “Curia ser and Curia ser.”
    Apologies to C.L. Dodgson.