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Watch: Shirtless Male Acrobats Perform for Pope Benedict


The Pope and his Vatican groupies got a male strip show yesterday.

Russia Today writes: "A usually staid weekly Papal audience was spiced up this week with an acrobatic performance by a troupe of topless men. The four performers dressed in white suits walked across the stage towards the Papal throne and surprised the Pope by whipping off their shirts before beginning an acrobatic performance on Tuesday. The Pope looked on as the men hoisted each other into the air, one on top of the other, three high."

And the real shocker is, they're above the age of 12!

The video, AFTER THE JUMP...

(via daily dish)

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  1. Please there is no sexuality in this. This has nothing to do with sexuality! None whatsoever! Don't even try to imply it. I am sure everyone felt awful watching this.

    BUT I LOVED IT! So handsome, strong men. A male body is so beautiful.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Dec 15, 2010 4:00:07 PM

  2. how gay is that?

    Posted by: Chris | Dec 15, 2010 4:06:46 PM

  3. the troupe is called i fratelli pellegrini-i think they're really brothers. the acrobatic work was spectacular but i had to turn down the volume because the music was so 80s cheesy that i couldn't stand it.

    Posted by: alguien | Dec 15, 2010 4:09:30 PM

  4. Were they supposed to post in the shape of a roman candle, or something? I don't get it. Seriously.

    Posted by: S. | Dec 15, 2010 4:12:14 PM

  5. This is just creepy on every level.

    Il Gay Nazi Papa leering at that hot young flesh was particularly disturbing.

    I wonder if he had a private "audience" with them later where he sucked the life essence out of them?

    Posted by: Bucky | Dec 15, 2010 4:16:23 PM

  6. That was horribly awkward

    Posted by: Brian | Dec 15, 2010 4:26:51 PM

  7. I know that it wasn't meant to be sexual, but come on. The music, the creepy stare, the muscly men slowly taking off their shirts, the nuns waving handkerchiefs. Seriously.

    Posted by: | Dec 15, 2010 4:31:22 PM

  8. I was more amazed that they allowed the young lady in wearing tight, form-fitting clothing and stiletto heels...and with her head uncovered. Methinks the RCC is getting a little to liberal for its own good. Muscular men, lithe women...The Temptation is upon us!

    Posted by: AggieCowboy | Dec 15, 2010 4:41:21 PM

  9. It's lucky the pope was wearing his dress-i'm sure the old creep got a major boner. He is the most disgusting man in the universe--i hate him and everything that horrible church of voodoo stands for.

    Posted by: LAXJFK | Dec 15, 2010 4:45:35 PM

  10. Priceless! Surely some pen-pusher in the Russian Church must have questioned the wisdom of this performance?? Wish penile plethysmographs had been attached to all the bishops in the audience.

    Posted by: John | Dec 15, 2010 5:00:02 PM

  11. Oh WAIT!!!!!

    This is the Vatican version of Sunday "T Dance"!

    Posted by: jtramon | Dec 15, 2010 5:09:31 PM

  12. That was just surreal.

    Posted by: Yeek | Dec 15, 2010 5:24:55 PM

  13. The music sounded like an early '80s porno! Those sex starved nuns waving their hankies! Hilarious. And very, very weird.

    Posted by: Lewis Payton | Dec 15, 2010 5:28:46 PM

  14. Surely this will help el papa to see the error of his ways.

    Posted by: anon | Dec 15, 2010 5:29:14 PM

  15. Look at the size of that place!!! That 8x10 rug looks like a tea cozy.

    Posted by: Adam | Dec 15, 2010 5:40:31 PM

  16. They looked as if they had stepped out one of those Falcon International videos- no like anyone in that audience would be familiar with such naughty enterprise.

    Posted by: jaragon | Dec 15, 2010 5:40:47 PM

  17. So what Cirque de Soleil came to the Pope. The comment about the 12 year olds is beyond the pale!

    Posted by: Gordon | Dec 15, 2010 5:40:57 PM

  18. Hahahaha......Gordon. Makes me laugh when I say it. Gooorrrrdddooonnn.

    Posted by: D.R.H. | Dec 15, 2010 6:03:56 PM

  19. @gordon

    you know what's beyond the pale? is people using that tired old, worn out and overused phrase "beyond the pale."

    Posted by: alguien | Dec 15, 2010 6:15:31 PM

  20. This is so gratuitously gay, I can't stand it. All those old queens sitting there in their tired frocks watching the shirtless (and shaved) acrobats - for what, exactly?

    Posted by: Steve | Dec 15, 2010 6:25:43 PM

  21. I've lived beyond the Pale, Gordon, and find the negative implications of your comment offensive. For shame.

    Posted by: Pyre | Dec 15, 2010 6:32:44 PM

  22. Didn't I see this in a Fellini movie?

    Seriously, it's a throw-back to the imperial papacy of the Middle Ages.

    But, ignoring how stupid it is to do gymnastics on a marble floor, that was fun to watch.

    Posted by: BobN | Dec 15, 2010 6:39:21 PM

  23. the pope almost fell off his throne staring.
    can anyone say private audience after the show

    Posted by: walter | Dec 15, 2010 7:58:27 PM

  24. this is just sooooo gay lol

    Posted by: Trey | Dec 15, 2010 8:18:41 PM

  25. @walter, yes the pope did stare, did you notice the way his eyes followed the troupe as they left!!

    Posted by: Mike | Dec 15, 2010 10:36:42 PM

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