Vatican Official Caught Soliciting Sex From Young Man On Hidden Camera, Insists He's Not Gay
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This post, written by John Aravosis, originally appeared on AMERICABlog
A Vatican official suspended after being caught on hidden camera making advances to a young man said in an interview published Sunday that he is not gay and was only pretending to be gay as part of his work.
In an interview with La Repubblica newspaper, Monsignor Tommaso Stenico said he frequented online gay chat rooms and met with gay men as part of his work as a psychoanalyst. He said that he pretended to be gay in order to gather information about "those who damage the image of the Church with homosexual activity."
The Vatican said Saturday it was suspending Stenico after he was secretly filmed making advances to a young man and asserting that gay sex was not sinful during a television program on gay priests broadcast Oct. 1 on La7, a private Italian television network.
John Aravosis is a Washington DC-based writer and political strategist, specializing in using the Internet for political advocacy.