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Former Vatican Guard Says He Received More Than 20 Offers for Sex from 'Gay Lobby'

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A former member of the Swiss Guard, which provides the Pope's security, says he was solicited for sex more than 20 times during his service at the Vatican by cardinals, bishops, priests and other members of the so-called 'gay lobby', The Local reports:

The former guard told weekly newspaper Schweiz am Sonntag that he received up to 20 “unambiguous requests” from members of the clergy, including a dignitary close to Pope John Paul II.

His experience in the 110-man security force, he said, gave credence to reports that a “gay lobby” is active in the Vatican.

The former guard recalled being called in the middle of the night by a senior official who invited him into his room. In another case, he found a bottle of whisky in his room with a visiting card left by a bishop. A priest, he said, invited him to dinner, saying that the guard would serve afterwards as dessert. He also claimed that a high official fondled him.

The ex-guard said that he reported the cases to his superiors, complaining of harassment, but received no support for his allegations.

The Vatican has dismissed the claims, calling them "not credible".

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  1. News that there's a gay lobby in the Vatican is hardly news.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jan 6, 2014 9:50:48 AM


  2. Who can resist a man in uniform? Except maybe not THAT uniform.

    Posted by: Swish Guard | Jan 6, 2014 9:51:54 AM


  3. Name and shame them.

    (Actually considering these catholic clergy were not child rapists like most catholic clergy are, then there is very little shame attached.)

    Posted by: MaryM | Jan 6, 2014 9:58:35 AM


  4. Wonder how many of the solicitations were from Bill Donahue?

    Posted by: Mike | Jan 6, 2014 9:58:39 AM


  5. Seems pretty credible to me.

    Posted by: Jack M | Jan 6, 2014 10:01:09 AM


  6. 20 solicitations over how many years?

    Posted by: anon | Jan 6, 2014 10:13:30 AM


  7. Where do I sign up?

    Posted by: Dave | Jan 6, 2014 10:22:44 AM


  8. Can you post a pic?

    Posted by: stevetalbert | Jan 6, 2014 10:25:11 AM


  9. A bottle of whisky is at least a little ambiguous.

    Posted by: Glen Fiddich | Jan 6, 2014 10:26:37 AM


  10. But who's counting, really? Lol

    Posted by: Lucas H | Jan 6, 2014 10:38:23 AM


  11. Okay, my dismissive comment aside, sexual harassment really sucks. The fact that it is coming from priests just makes it that much more despicable.

    Posted by: Lucas H | Jan 6, 2014 10:39:49 AM


  12. The Vatican has dismissed the claims, calling them "not credible".

    Not credible?? You gotta be f**kin' kiddin'.

    Posted by: Daniel Berry, NYC | Jan 6, 2014 10:40:31 AM


  13. Very disturbing. If they can't keep their vows to God and avoid sin, they should resign. Clergy should live holy lives committed to Christ, and aboid the very appearance of evil. The Church should investigate this claim
    To the fullest and respond in a biblical manner.

    Posted by: Malcolm | Jan 6, 2014 10:43:54 AM


  14. Very disturbing. If they can't keep their vows to God and avoid sin, they should resign. Clergy should live holy lives committed to Christ, and aboid the very appearance of evil. The Church should investigate this claim
    To the fullest and respond in a biblical manner.

    Posted by: Malcolm | Jan 6, 2014 10:43:55 AM


  15. I don't know what's gayer, the Vatican or Buckingham Palace. It's a toss up.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jan 6, 2014 10:45:40 AM


  16. Only 20 times?
    Sounds like sour grapes.

    Posted by: HereinDC | Jan 6, 2014 11:08:24 AM


  17. So gays will kick other gays and gay rights to the curb.....where's the surprise???...

    Posted by: Ankerich | Jan 6, 2014 11:09:44 AM


  18. LOL. OMG, those outfits. That's grounds for not taking that job, in the first place.

    Posted by: Sean Maloney | Jan 6, 2014 11:17:30 AM


  19. i'd say the credibility of the claim rest solely on how good looking the guard is or was.

    Posted by: bandanajack | Jan 6, 2014 11:31:30 AM


  20. i'd say the credibility of the claim rest solely on how good looking the guard is or was.

    Posted by: bandanajack | Jan 6, 2014 11:31:33 AM


  21. Sorry, but that's not a gay lobby. A gay lobby is a lobby that fights for gay rights. That's a bunch of represed homosexuals, and i'm pretty sure most of them even have very conservative postures in gay rights (conservatives even for other members of the church)

    Posted by: jjose712 | Jan 6, 2014 11:34:26 AM


  22. I went to a catholic high school. It would not be credible to me if the guard said he hadn't been propositioned. In my experience catholic priests and brothers tend to be a pretty gay and horny bunch.

    Posted by: bicuriousus | Jan 6, 2014 11:39:39 AM


  23. In other breaking news, pigs hunt for truffles.

    Posted by: jomicur | Jan 6, 2014 11:55:54 AM


  24. I suspect this was a mis-translation of the Vatican response. Journalist: "Did priests solicit sex from that cute Swiss Guard?" Vatican: "No. But that sounds incredible!"

    Posted by: Stefan | Jan 6, 2014 11:57:03 AM


  25. @marym: an unhealthy number of Catholic priests have been revealed to be child rapists and sexual harassers of adult parishioners--that is hardly "most". I think most conduct their pastoral duties responsibly.

    Posted by: gregorybrown | Jan 6, 2014 12:11:20 PM


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