Vatican rocked by discovery of gay orgy in cardinal's apartment

The Vatican has been rocked by another scandal after it was reported that police broke up a gay orgy which happened late last month in an apartment in the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

(REUTERS / Max Rossi)Italian Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio at Saint Peter's Basilica in the Vatican March 6, 2013.

Vatican police barged into a gay orgy at an apartment occupied by a secretary of Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio's, who is one of Pope Francis' key advisers. This happened just one week after Cardinal George Pell was charged with several sexual offenses in Australia, The Sun reported.

Neighbors of the said secretary had called the authorities to report strange noises and people in the apartment. Vatican police investigated the scene because of concerns over the visibly abnormal behavior of the visitors there, Catholic Online detailed.

At the time that the raid took place, Cardinal Coccopalmerio was not present and is not being treated as a suspect in any crime. His secretary, however, was among the people arrested by Vatican police. 

The secretary has reportedly been admitted at a hospital in Rome to recover from drug overdose and will also spend some time in an Italian monastery. The retreat at the monastery is the Vatican's version of an arrest.

There are still no details on the identities of the visitors involved in the orgy. Also, it is not yet known if they are officials at the Vatican or are merely outsiders.

In light of the shocking discovery during the raid, Cardinal Coccopalmerio's discernment is now being called into question, considering that he had once recommended his disgraced secretary for a promotion. Catholic Online says the situation will force the pope to revisit the cardinal's status as a key adviser.

Meanwhile, news of the raid reportedly angered Pope Francis, as he has been exerting a lot of effort to clean up the Vatican's image. The situation calls for more efforts to weed out corrupt officials from the Catholic Church.

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