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Rome: new book charges many priests are sexually active

April 21, 2011

An Italian journalist has caused a stir in Rome with a new book that charges many priests routinely violate their vows of celibacy, with other men or with women.

Carmelo Abbate’s book, Sex and the Vatican, expands on a magazine article that he published last year, claiming that many priests in Rome are active homosexuals. In response to that article, Cardinal Agostino Vallini, the vicar of the Rome diocese, suggested that priests who “continued to take the benefits” of membership in the clergy, while ignoring clerical discipline, should either reform their lives or have the integrity to leave the priesthood.

The Vatican has not commented on the new book.


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  • Posted by: Steve214 - Apr. 21, 2011 6:49 PM ET USA

    The lack of discipline continues to take a terrible toll.