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  1. Hahahaha – this just gets better by the day!

    1. I know !!! It’s what I am saying, it sounds like the main act of a stand-up comedian !! The Catholic Church can’t stop itself, they are hilarious !! I can even imagine the kind of spiritual guidance he offered to the attendees: “I will take away the devil of your bodies, delicious sweaty brothers, with my holy staff !! All join now to take the holy water !!”

  2. GulliverUK 11 Mar 2013, 7:06pm

    I believe they bought a publishing company which published gay novels, and porn !!!! They also own bars and even shopping centers here in the UK.

    1. Do members of the Catholic Church get a discount?

    2. Fascinating, but we shouldn’t be surprised. In Shakespeare’s London the south bank of the Thames was full of brothels, theatres, and bear-baiting yards, and the brothels were nearly all owned by the church, and as it was before the great schism that church was of course the church of Rome.

      Furthermore, as extraordinary as it sounds, many of the women who worked in those brothels were nuns from convents located elsewhere. They were sent to the brothels to boost their convents’ incomes!

      I doubt if the story in Rome will stretch so far, but wouldn’t it be a laugh to hear that the massages offered in “Sauna Vaticana” were administered by the priestly clerics living in the apartments above!

  3. That There Other David 11 Mar 2013, 7:26pm

    You know what’s really embarrassing about this? That an organisation pretending it’s all about helping the poor and dispossessed makes €23m investments in property and houses it’s leaders in palatial apartments.

    These Cardinals should really hope their isn’t an afterlife. Hypocrites to a man.

    1. That There Other David 11 Mar 2013, 7:27pm

      there not their.

  4. I’m not so bothered by the gay sauna aspect of this story…
    what TRULY disturbs me and makes my gorge rise, is that this “Cardinal” lives in an 18-room apartment!

    Vow of poverty? Or vow of opulence?

    What single person needs 18 rooms?

    As a married couple, we have a smallish house with 6 rooms, and two of those rooms serve as offices for us, since we both work from home.

    Imagine what we could do with 18 rooms?


    1. David Richards 11 Mar 2013, 8:34pm

      A cardinal needs to have a 18 room apartment for all his rent boys.

  5. casparthegood 11 Mar 2013, 7:39pm

    Seems only fair to me. Great excuse to seen there mind you. I was checking our property porfolio is novel one

  6. Steam rooms – I think I just figured out where all that white smoke comes from when they select a new pope!
    Any news on the second cumming?

    1. “I think I just figured out where all that white smoke comes from when they select a new pope!”

      You, sir, win at the Internet. Just a pity there is not enough thumbs up for you.

      1. Aye thank you! I’m here all week…

      2. You are welcome. I’ll remember to try the veal and tip the waitress.

  7. Incredulous 11 Mar 2013, 8:03pm

    I find it ridiculously unbelievable that Cardinal Dias had no idea that he lived in the same building as Europe’s biggest gay sauna.

  8. Mind-boggling.

    What next? The Vatican investing in a condom manufacturer?… now there’s a booming business !

    1. Right about now if it was revealed that the Pope was running a clandestine termination clinic for pregnant nuns it could barely get any more embarrasing.
      Is it all part of some Vatican conspiracy to beat Dan Brown to the punch?

      1. GulliverUK 11 Mar 2013, 9:30pm

        Not so far from reality.

        Around 2001 the Vatican admitted that Catholic priests had been raping Nuns in African. They used to have sex with prostitutes but when HIV became a danger they turned to Nuns.

        They’ve also been raping parishioners.

        1. GulliverUK 11 Mar 2013, 9:33pm

          ps. I know that article refers to one from 2011, but I am seriously talking about one which was first published in our UK media in 2001. But mysteriously it has vanished. HOWEVER, I have a copy somewhere ! I’m a bit disturbed if they admitted it in 2001, then in 2011 they are admitting it again.

    2. Norma Jean 12 Mar 2013, 8:53pm

      You do know that centuries ago, the catholic church ran brothels out of the ‘nunneries.’ Google that and you will find the history of the church and brothels. Not what we are taught today! St. Augustine said that prostitution should be tolerated because men would seek sex outside of marriage anyway. He said that prostitution would prevent them from resorting to more perverted activities.

      1. Well done, Norma Jean. I’ve just posted much the same higher up! You’re right. The evidence is contained in documents stored in the Bodleian Library, Oxford.

  9. Bill Cameron 11 Mar 2013, 8:45pm

    How wonderful!

    Why does the Cardinal need a 12-room apartment though?

    The hits just keep on coming :)

  10. So what ! At one time the in the sixties RCC was the biggest corporate organisation on the planet. What makes you think the RCC is about charity, humility, or helping others? . Henry viii had the right idea and it seems the RCC hasn’t learned anything since.

  11. Time for some more compassion: some of these cardinals are very old and frail, they need to have the errr ummm ‘facilities’ close by. It’s just practical common sense.

    1. I wonder about what facilities Benedict XVI is going to have at Castel Gandolfo, now that he resigned on reasons of bad health.

  12. Helge V. Tiller 11 Mar 2013, 9:25pm

    HURRY UP, Catholic Clergy! Visit the sauna and wash off your sins. Then taste the beautiful flavour of GROWN UP GAY SEX ! You are more than welcome.

    1. Ahhh, what a pity, I am an atheist-agnostic. Maybe I should convert. I love bears ! Ohh, and of course, I think there is something about religion and spirituality in the Catholic Church too.

      1. Father John Connolly 13 Mar 2013, 4:06pm

        You would have loved “Sunday Mass” at H2O Club in North London about 15 years ago. Everyone was starkers and in the middle of the maze was an enormous spotlit green phallus to worship! (Nobody paid much attention to it, of course. People were frantically getting their rocks off with each other. But the phallus was a wonderful centre-piece to those Sunday happenings!)

        1. Damn !! At times like this I wish I was English and Londoner.

  13. I thought it was well established that the RC chucrch was fairly relaxed about the odd bit of casual rumpy pumpy.

    It is only when it starts to get serious and long term, in short when gay people aspire to be much like everyone else that they start getting hot under their surplices.

  14. Riiiiight… I’m sure the Cardinal had nooooo idea his front door was a few measly yards away from Rome’s most famous BATH HOUSE. And what ever happened to the vows of celibacy, poverty, or aversion to opulence?! An 18 room apartment sounds exactly the opposite of what they preach! Yes, enter into poverty and hunger while your religious leaders live lives that would make Caligula blush!

    1. Even such nice figures like Caligula, Nero and Elagabalus would be ashamed – and genuinely disgusted – of what the Catholic Church does today. At least in their own days they weren’t nearly as hypocrites as the Catholic Church – and weren’t immoral and heartless enough to rape hundreds and thousands of innocent children and silence their attempts to come out to the public. I mean, the worst they did was f**k their own sisters, put fire to the city, replace all the worshipped gods for their own god and marry a man and claim yourself is the wife. lol

  15. Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha – Ha!

    1. My sentiments exactly.

    2. Schadenfreude is delightful, isn’t it ?

  16. Oh come on, let’s not be too harsh on ’em, maybe they just needed somewhere convenient to, er, wash off their, ahem, sins – ?

    (It’s as good an excuse as any.)

    1. Yes, I can even imagine the “holy water” the guests of the sauna are going to receive from the priests.

  17. A bit convenient that he lives above a sauna don’t you think?

    And as if they didn’t know!

  18. A bit off-topic, I know, but don’t you think all those Swiss Guards in their camp uniforms are rather cute. Maybe the sauna is a good place for members of the curia to go with their favourite Swiss Guard.

    1. it is not a secret that swiss guard are mostly gay a few years back there is been a story about a swiss guard killing his lover who was as well a swiss guard

    2. Swiss Guards ? You mean those guys in colorful funny clothing ? I thought they were the Vatican’s personal Gay Pride Paraders in training.

  19. Gary Farrimond 12 Mar 2013, 11:57am

    I wonder if the sauna management, as a kinky sideline, had Priests doing confessions in the dark rooms!

    No Hail Mary’s just suck on this son!

    1. Blood of Jesus, body of Jesus, Catholics really seem to be obsessed with the body parts of Jesus. I wouldn’t be surprised if they also had another b-word of their prophet.

  20. I am disgusted investing £21 million and after they scream that the church is poor loads of BS

  21. frantz clement 12 Mar 2013, 5:23pm

    Great example of a dangling participle: “Since resigning on 28 February, Italian daily newspaper La Repubblica published an article claiming …”

  22. This stuff rarely hits the front pages or Fox news in the USA. When will the Vatican finally implode? When the banks and corporations start to lose money.

    1. We have to keep actively making fun of the Vatican, growing in numbers, convincing people to quit them, . . . and then, finally, one day it WILL implode.

      1. Can’t wait for this day to come. I want to buy the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel and put on my bedroom.

  23. Seriously!…….with all these revelations my atheism is getting sorely tested….perhaps there is in fact a God who’s just and decent, and He’s just been biding His time to reveal Himself…..or maybe after 2,000 years his patience with the Catholics finally ran out ……I can’t wait for the movie…

  24. floridahank 14 Mar 2013, 7:04pm

    The RC church and Vatican are the religious mafia. I never considered the RC religion to be a Christian church. If you read through their doctrine and practices they are mixed with religion and mysticism — they know very little of the real Christian belief system.

    1. If there is one book that the Roman Catholic Church follows devoutly it must be The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli, not the BIble.

  25. GingerlyColors 16 Mar 2013, 12:37am


  26. Yet further proof of the total hypocrisy of this organisation. What is really staggering .. that they HAVE this sort of money when their ‘faithful’ are starving in Africa. Why don’t their followers ever question the obscene wealth of these self-appointed autocrats? They sit in ‘judgement’ purely because the gullible afford them that position. Pity they don’t follow the philosophy of their founder … and ‘live as the birds of the field’.

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