Suspended cleric threatens Vatican with "list of gays"

The Italian Monsignor suspended from his job in the Roman Curia after he acknowledged homosexual relations in an anonymous television interview, has revealed he has a list of active homosexuals working in the Vatican.

Msgr Tommaso Stenico was removed from his duties at the Congregation for Clergy after the Italian La7 television network showed a videotape in which he propositioned a young man. Although the priest's face was obscured, Vatican officials were able to identify his voice and his office, in which the video was surreptitiously recorded.

However, soon after his identity was discovered, Stenico proclaimed he had never been gay and was heterosexual, but remained faithful to his vow of celibacy. He said he expected to be fully exonerated after a review.

Now, in an interview with Italy's Panorama magazine, the disgraced cleric has now said he has a "dossier" on the homosexual network and the priests involved.

That information, he said, should make the Vatican "tremble", Catholic World News reported.

Suspended priest threatens to expose Vatican homosexual network (Catholic World News, 22/10/07)
Vatican bars cleric who spoke of gay sex (AP, 13/07)

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Congregation for the Clergy - The Holy See

Senior Vatican Bishop suspended after gay interview (CathNews, 15/10/07)
Italian paper reveals details of gays in priesthood document (CathNews, 14/11/05)
US priest at Vatican says gay men should not be ordained (CathNews, 23/09/02)

23 Oct 2007