Vatican rocked: Police raid drug-fuelled gay orgy at cardinal's apartment

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Andrew Medichini AP Inside the apartment of a cardinal who advises Pope Francis no less. By Andrew Phillips Wed

According to the New Zealand Herald, Italian newspaper Il Fatto Quotidiano is reporting that Vatican police raided an apartment in June at the former palace of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to break up an orgy taking place.

According to the local press, the occupant of the apartment is allegedly the secretary to Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio - a key assistant to the 80-year-old Pope Francis.

Vatican City police have to pay a visit to the odd flat, and when the policemen entered the apartment, they reportedly found drugs and a group of men engaged in homosexual activity.

The priest was reportedly arrested and taken for questioning, presumably over drugs offences, as engaging in homosexual sex is not a crime in Vatican City.

According to the Italian daily newspaper Il Fatto Quotidiano, neighbours became suspicious before complaining about the irregular behavior of those who were coming and going at the apartment.

The paper also reported that the Pope was considering relieving Coccopalmerio of his duties following the shocking incident.

Critics blame the Pope's choice of personnel: cardinal George Pell, appointed to clean up the Vatican's murky finances, has taken a leave of absence to defend himself against sex abuse charges in Australia.

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