Cardinal's Secretary Busted In Drug-Fueled Orgy In Vatican Apartment

Cardinal's Secretary Busted In Drug-Fueled Orgy In Vatican Apartment

By Victoria Kim 07/07/17

After the incident, the man was sent to a detox facility and is “currently in retreat at a convent” outside of Rome.

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Pope Francis is reportedly angered by the incident.

The secretary of one of Pope Francis’ key advisers was under the influence of “hard drugs” at the time he was found mid-orgy in his Vatican apartment.

Police were tipped off by complaints of loud noises and a “steady stream of young men…coming and going” from the Vatican-owned apartment of Monsignor Luigi Capozzi at Ex Sant’Uffizio Palace. The location is home to a number of other high-ranking cardinals, according to the Daily Beast.

Capozzi—the secretary to Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio, who is president of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts—was promptly sent to a detox facility and is “currently in retreat at a convent” outside Rome where misbehaving priests go to repent, according to the Italian newspaper Il Fatto Quotidiano, which broke the story.

The raid on Capozzi’s apartment occurred in late June, according to US News & World Report. Upon arriving at the residence, police discovered an “orgy in progress, with an untold number of naked men allegedly writhing around the floor with Capozzi and his cohorts, who were apparently under the influence of hard drugs,” according to the Daily Beast.

According to US News, Cardinal Coccopalmerio was said to have recommended Capozzi to be promoted to bishop. The official charges against Capozzi are unknown, but local news outlets report that the secretary will face misdemeanor drug charges.

Since none of his guests were underage, Capozzi will not face sex-related charges.

Pope Francis is apparently “enraged” by the incident. Last November, he called drug addiction a “wound in our society” that causes sufferers to “fall into slavery—slavery of a dependency we can call ‘chemistry,’” speaking at a workshop organized by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.

He went on to say that people should not give in to the “injustice of classifying the drug addict as if they were an object or a broken mess”—explaining that each individual has “a different personal history which must be heard, understood, loved and, as soon as possible, healed and purified.” 

The pope cautioned against punitive measures and attitudes toward people who use drugs—instead he said a greater emphasis must be placed on programs that support health, family and education.

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