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Italian Priests Caught at Gay Club

Perhaps this is Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s revenge for the Catholic Church’s criticism of his sex scandals? One of his magazines, Panorama, is about to publish an undercover investigation about the double lives of gay priests. Using hidden cameras and what the article refers to as a gay “accomplice,” journalists from Panorama magazine, part of Berlusconi’s media empire, followed several priests out to gay clubs and parties, The Daily Mail reports. Though the magazine’s editor, Giorgio Mule, says that the two-week investigation was not aimed at creating a scandal but at “showing that a certain section of the clergy behaves very differently,” Panorama’s preview described the investigation as 'deeply disturbing.' ” Panorama also claims that they have hidden-camera footage of one priest donning his cassock to have sex with the reporter’s gay accomplice. Of course, Catholic priests are required to be celibate, and the Church considers homosexuality a sin. There has been no comment from the Vatican.