Father Tommaso Stenico was suspended from his position as head of the Congregation for the Clergy, the Vatican bureaucracy responsible for its priesthood, after an Italian TV station aired footage of him making advances on a young man. The meeting had been arranged over the internet where Fr. Stenico was invited to engage in sado-masochistic sex play and it was arranged that they meet in St. Peter’s Square.

This is where the story gets even stranger. Fr. Stenico defended his actions by claiming that the meeting was part of his research into “…a diabolic plan by satanist groups who take aim at priests.”

The Guardian quoted him as saying he “…wanted to carry out a study, probably for publication”. He said he was a registered psychologist and psychotherapist and his aim had been “to study how priests are ensnared”.

Now facing trial before the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, (of Inquisition fame), Fr. Stenico has resorted to blackmail. He claimed today that he has “a detailed dossier” of all the homosexual clerics at Vatican “with a list of names and circumstances implicating a certain number of priests and even bishops working at the Curia.”

It is time for the Holy See to acknowledge that years of repression and persecution of homosexuals has been futile. This revered institution that burned the printing press, labeled fundamental laws of nature “heresy”, and collaborated with the Nazis should wake up to the fact that the Keys of Heaven were thrown down a well in the Judean hills about 2000 years ago. Homosexuality is not a choice. You are just born that way. The Monastery embraces all people, a model for other churches to follow. We are all children of the same Universe.

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