Tuesday, October 16, 2007

A priest does 'research' and an appeal in Minnesota

According to Sunday's Chicago Tribune, a high ranking official in the Vatican's Congregation of the Clergy, the Vatican department which manages the 400,000 Catholic priests across the world, has been suspended from his job after being "caught on hidden camera making advances to a young man."

That's what the Tribune story says, adding that the monsignor claimed, in an "interview published Sunday" in an Italian newspaper "that he is not gay and was only pretending to be gay as part of his work." The Italian newspaper quoted by the Tribune quotes the monsignor as claiming, "It's all false; it was a trap. I was a victim of my own attempts to contribute to cleaning up the Church with my psychoanalyst work."

Saturday's on-line edition of the Tribune had an entirely different slant. It was more like this AFP story, posted on Yahoo! News that says (as of this moment anyway) that the monsignor "confessed his homosexuality on a television programme, even though his face and voice were made unrecognisable."

His face and voice may have been disguised, but he made the mistake of being filmed in his Vatican office -- which was recognized on TV, according to the AFP story.

Meanwhile, in Idaho, Sen. Larry Craig announced plans to appeal a Minnesota judge's refusal to let Craig withdraw his guilty plea in his airport bathroom cruising case.

I'll bet Craig wishes he'd come up with this "research" angle first, eh?

1 comment:

Patti said...

Research, schmesearch. I don't believe him.