Francesco Mangiacapra, an Italian gay male escort compiled a 1,200-page dossier containing the names of 36 ‘actively gay’ priests and six seminarians in Italy which has been sent to the Vatican.
Mangiacapra, told local media the reason that did it was that he couldn’t put up with the priests’ “hypocrisy” any longer
“The aim is not to hurt the people mentioned, but to help them understand that their double life, however seemingly convenient, is not useful to them or to all the people for whom they should be a guide and an example to follow,” Mangiacapra said, as reported by the Corriere della Sera.
The file contains explicit WhatsApp messages, erotic photos and other evidence.
Italian media, that have also been shown the incriminating dossier, cited excerpts of the conversations without revealing the names of those involved.“If you like it I’d like to have you a whole day like a slave, tied up and at my orders,” one of the lines reads, as cited by the Tiscali Notizie
Mangiacapra, who worked as a lawyer before becoming a self proclaimed “gigolo”submitted the list with the names and the accompanied proof to the archdiocese of Naples late February, noting that although it was signed in his name the draft has been circulating on the web for some time.
Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe, an Italian Cardinal and the current Archbishop of Naples, said in a statement that none of the priests who were named in the dossier were stationed in Naples. He claims he forwarded the document to the Vatican because “there remains the gravity of the cases for which those who have erred must pay the price, and be helped to repent for the harm done.”
The dossier is the latest in a string of sex scandals that have rocked the Italian church and Vatican.