Who is He to Judge ?

Italian police in late June broke up what is described as a “drug-fueled gay orgy” in the home of an aide to Francesco Cardinal Coccopalmerio. The Cardinal is one of Pope Francis’s top advisors.

As reported in Newsmax:

Vatican police raided a gay orgy at the apartment of a Cardinal’s aide and Pope Francis was described by Italian media as “enraged.”

The apartment, where Francesco Cardinal Coccopalmerio’s secretary lives, belongs to the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith, the arm charged with investigating clerical sex abuse, noted the New York Post, citing the Italian newspaper Il Fatto Quotidiano.

Coccopalmerio is a key aide to Pope Francis.

Police arrested the secretary, who is a priest, after taking him to a clinic for detox from the drugs he ingested, noted the Post.

In 2013, the Pope responded “Who am I to judge?” gay clergy, when asked by reporters aboard the papal plane returning from Brazil.

“If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?” Francis told reporters, speaking in Italian but using the English word “gay.”

Francis’s words could not have been more different from those of Benedict XVI, who in 2005 wrote that homosexuality was “astrong tendency ordered toward an intrinsic moral evil,” and an “objective disorder.” The church document said men with “deep-seated homosexual tendencies” should not become priests.

It is unclear what has His Holiness so “enraged,” unless it is simply the inconvenience of having to bail the good fathers out of jail.



2 thoughts on “Who is He to Judge ?

  1. We have previously written on our blog that allowing married priests would do things for the Catholic Church. First, it would eliminate the priest shortage as many men who feel called to the priesthood do not become priests as they do not feel called to mandatory celibacy. Second, a married priesthood would serve to drive homosexuals out of the priesthood. Currently, homosexuals are attracted to an all men’s club of unmarried males as they know there will other homosexuals in such a club and others who will be more sympathetic to them. Married heterosexual men will not be so welcoming to homosexuals within their ranks.


    • Good insights, especially about the “boys’ club” atmosphere in the seminaries. The funny (odd) thing also is that the largest pool for vocations for a little while was married priests from the Episcopal Church, who left when the E.P. started ordaining women. The Cath. church welcomed them to the priesthood, wife and all –since a vow is a vow, and the church doesn’t like divorce. I distinctly recall that the sky did not fall.


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