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The 2010 Vatican employee sex scandal was an incident in March 2010 in which two part-time employees of the Wikipedia:Holy See, a consultant who also served as a lay attendant of the pope[1] and another who was a professional member of the Saint Peter's Choir,[2] were reported in the press to be part of a homosexual prostitution ring. The Wikipedia:Catholic Church considers prostitution and homosexual acts to be gravely sinful offensesTemplate:CCC and the Vatican severed its connections with both men, one of whom had been arrested.

IncidentEdit

In 2010 it was reported that priests had been blackmailed by Wikipedia:male prostitutes working at a sauna in the Wikipedia:Quarto Miglio district, several miles from Wikipedia:Vatican City.[3]

Italian engineering executive Angelo Balducci, a Wikipedia:Papal Gentleman since 1995, who had served as senior adviser to the Wikipedia:Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, responsible for the management of the Roman Catholic church's missionary activities around the globe,[2] was reportedly involved with pimping a Nigerian Wikipedia:Cappella Giulia member, Ghinedu Ehiem, for the services of male prostitutes, as part of a local prostitution ring.[3][4] Ehiem had met Balducci more than 10 years prior to the scandal and had become acquainted with him through an Italian friend.[1][2] A Wikipedia:wiretapTemplate:By whom allegedly caught Balducci negotiating with Ehiem, a then 29-year-old Vatican Wikipedia:chorister, giving physical descriptions of men he wanted brought to him. One of the men was described as "two metres tall … 97 kilos … aged 33, completely active."[2] In various taped conservations, Ehiem had also been recorded saying "I have a situation from Naples", "I have a situation from Cuba", "a German who just arrived from Germany", "two black guys", "the soccer player" and "the dancer for the RAI".[1]

Investigation and responseEdit

In March 201, this escalated into a national scandal in Italy when wiretaps and police documents were published in the Italian newspaper Wikipedia:La Repubblica which indicated that Ehiem had been in regular contact with Balducci, and that the main subject of their conversation was "gay sex".[3] Ehiem reportedly said about Balducci, "He asked me if I could procure other men for him. He told me he was married and that I had to do it in great secrecy."[2] A report by the Italian Police investigating the affair for prosecutors in Wikipedia:Florence concluded about Balducci's life: "In order to organise casual encounters of a sexual nature, he availed himself of the intercession of two individuals who, it is maintained, may form part of an organised network, especially active in [Rome], of exploiters or at least facilitators of male prostitution."[2]

Balducci was one of four men arrested for alleged involvement in the prostitution racket and hired lawyer Franco Coppi.[3] Balducci had been earlier arrested on 10 February 2010, suspected of "involvement in widespread corruption", "an organised network ... to abet male prostitution".[2][5] Balducci's lawyer Coppi stated that it was a "shameful" act for newspapers to publish conversations which were unrelated to the investigation and stated that he and Balducci had "laughed" when they heard of the allegations.[1] Ehiem was dismissed from the choir after having been a member for 19 years.[3] He accused the Wikipedia:magistrates of "ruining his life".[1] Wikipedia:CBS News consultant Father Thomas Williams stated that the Vatican had severed its ties with both men and described the situation as "really a sordid affair". He said

You do the best you can to screen these people. But there are 150 of these men that serve as ushers as Gentlemen to His Holiness. And it's hard to know exactly what they're doing in their private lives. They don't live in Vatican City, they have their jobs, their families and they have other things going on, as well.[4]

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