The Vatican is reeling from allegations
of a gay prostitution scandal that has already claimed the services
of two men, Rome-based La Repubblica reported.
A probe into corruption charges in the
awarding of public works contracts by Italy's Civil Protection Agency
has also unearthed an alleged organized gay prostitution ring
involving Angelo Balducci, a former member of the board of Italy's
public works department and a consultant to the Vatican on major
Balducci, now behind bars, held an
esteemed post in the Vatican serving in The Gentlemen of His
Holiness, an elite group of ushers who serve visiting dignitaries.
La Repubblica reported Wednesday
that Ghinedu Ehiem, a Vatican choir performer originally from
Nigeria, provided men, including seminarians and students of
ecclesiastic colleges, for Balducci, a married man.
In nearly a year of wiretapped
conversations leaked to the Italian media, Ehiem details the men to
Balducci. “I have a situation in Naples,” Ehiem says in one
conversation. He continues every two or three days, “I have a
situation from Cuba,” “a German recently arrived from Germany,”
“two blacks” and “the player.”
Another contact, Lorenzo Renzi, is
heard explaining the job to a potential client. “Do not break his
cock!! You need the money ... put a little music, you take out the
[inaudible] … you drop the Viagra there. And away!”
Both men have reportedly lost their
Balducci's lawyer called publication of
the conversations “shameful,” adding that the Italian media had
no right to publish material unrelated to the investigation.