HOLY COW

Gay Sex Scandal at the Vatican

The Vatican is dealing with fallout from a corruption scandal within its ranks that took a salacious turn Thursday with the news that one of the Pope's aides was soliciting gay prostitutes. According to The Guardian, Angelo Balducci, a Gentleman of His Holiness, or staffer who attended to the Pope, was caught on a police wiretap allegedly negotiating the procurement of a male prostitute with Thomas Chinedu Ehiem, a Vatican chorister. "I saw your call when I was in the Vatican, because I was doing rehearsals… in the choir… in St Peter's," Ehiem says in one conversation, the Guardian reports. He then suggests Balducci meet a man "two metres tall… 97 kilos… aged 33, completely active." Balducci was arrested last month on suspicion of corruption over public-works contracts, but the investigation also revealed his suspected involvement in prostitution.