A Roman Catholic Church official suspended after he was identified in a television broadcast supposedly declaring his homosexuality and making advances to a young man has a dossier of gay clergy who work in the Vatican, according to a TV report.
Monsignor Tommaso Stenico has a “list of names and circumstances implicating a certain number of priests and even bishops working at the Curia,” Italian current affairs show Panorama revealed on Friday.
The Curia is the governing body of the Roman Catholic Church.
Monsignor Stenico was suspended last week after he was identified in a television broadcast supposedly declaring his homosexuality and making advances to a young man while a hidden camera filmed him.
He had invited the man to his Vatican office after chatting to him online.
The Monsignor was also recorded in the TV expose saying that he did not regard his homosexuality as sinful but was discreet in order not to attract the attention of the his superiors or the Pope.
When repeatedly confronted by the undercover reporter that gay sex is sinful in the eyes of the Church, the Monsignor then said he was tired of the conversation and showed his guest to the lift.
He was identified in the TV broadcast only as a sixty-year-old, working in the Congregation for the Clergy department, which manages the world’s 400,000 active Catholic priests.
However, Vatican officials recognised his office from the footage as well as the lift. He has been suspended and faces being defrocked.
The existence of the list of gay clergy has excited the Italian media, with some reporting it was compiled by Monsignor Stenico because he is angry he has been overlooked for promotion to bishop.
The Monsignor, who is a TV chat show regular in Italy, claimed to be pretending to be gay in online chat rooms in order to meet gay men as part of his work as a psychoanalyst.
He has sent a report to his superior Cardinal Claudio Hummes, president of the Disciplinary Commission of the Roman Curia, denouncing immorality in the Curia, Panorama reported.