Vatileaks scandal widens: The Vatican is secretly operating brothels and massage parlors where priests pay for sex according to the latest claims to emerge from the Vatileaks scandal.
A new report, leaked by a Vatican mole, indicates a Vatican department, the Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith, is currently leasing and renting out Vatican owned properties at nominal fees to powerful colleagues who in turn allow the properties to be used as secret brothels and illicit massage parlors.
According to reports, the secret brothels and illicit saunas are being patronized by Catholic priests.
The properties implicated in the report include premises close to the Italian Parliament and a solarium near Piazza Barberini.
Last week the Vatican’s gendarmes arrested two members of Pope Francis’s economic-reform committee—Lucio Angel Vallejo Balda, a powerful monsignor, and Francesca Immacolata Chaouqui, whose background is in public relations—for allegedly leaking documents to two Italian journalists.
These latest revelations of wrongdoing comes on the heels of the publication of two books by Italian investigative journalists earlier this month: “Merchants in the Temple” and “Avarice.” Both publications paint a damning picture of mismanagement and greed in the Vatican.
Citing leaked confidential documents, the books expose the greed of cardinals and monsignors, mismanagement of Vatican assets and the resistance to change from the Holy See’s old guard.
Pope Francis has denounced the leaks as a crime.