Vatican reeling after priest orgy sex scandal

Online ‘virtual counselling’ service launches for gay men struggling with drugs and chemsex

Mr Gay Ireland title awarded for 2017


Vatican reeling after priest orgy sex scandal


The Vatican is reeling thanks to a series of claims against it involving Italian priests behaving badly.


Scandals relating to orgies, prostitution and porn videos have sent shockwaves around the Catholic Church, which is still recovering from hugely damaging international claims over child sex abuse dating back years.


A priest in Naples, in the south of Italy, was suspended and is facing a formal investigation by senior clerics over allegations that he went online seeking partners to pay for sex, while another parish priest in Padua could be cast out altogether after it came to light that he had a string of secret female lovers – some of whom he took to a swingers’ resort in France.


Another priest is under police investigation for allegedly organizing and filming sex parties in the rectory of his church and acting as a pimp to some of his 15 lovers.


One of three women to come forward with complaints said she had been the priest’s lover for over three years and she said he carried bondage equipment and invited other priests to sex parties.


The cases are deeply embarrassing to the Vatican, which under Pope Francis has sought to draw a line under previous scandals by demanding higher standards from the clergy.


The pontiff has tried to clamp down on priests’ unethical habits ever since being made Pope in 2013 and has often spoken out against the pitfalls of ‘temptation’.


Online ‘virtual counselling’ service launches for gay men struggling with drugs and chemsex


Two leading charities in England have launched an online counselling service for gay and bisexual men to get support around drugs, sex and alcohol.


Terrence Higgins Trust and London Friend launched the new service via Friday/Monday, a website which offers information about sex and drugs for gay and bisexual men.


The groundbreaking new project includes an online support group and one-to-one virtual counselling, which the charities hope will make it easier for men in rural areas to access support.


Find out more and sign up on the Friday/Monday website:


Mr Gay Ireland title awarded for 2017


The 24-year-old Stephen Lehane, from Glenageary has been declared Mr Gay Ireland 2017.


The 12th annual Mr Gay Ireland (MGI) competition that took place in Chambers Bar, Cork, the first time the competition was held outside Dublin.


Director Brian Merriman said that the decision for the move was “to celebrate the hard work of Mr Gay Ireland 2016 champion, Cork’s Konrad Im.


MGI is no beauty competition, as each contestant has to raise awareness and funds for HIV to benefit the Guide Clinic at St James’ Hospital Dublin.


In total €158,000 has now been raised for HIV charities and gay causes since 2005.


Stephen will now go forward to work on his chosen causes to raise HIV awareness.


He will represent Ireland at the Mr Gay Europe Competition in Stockholm, Sweden in August.


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