Italian paramilitary police have arrested a priest for “aggravated child prostitution” after electronic surveillance generated evidence of the homosexual cleric soliciting sex from underage boys “on a daily basis.”
Father Vincenzo Esposito, parish priest of San Feliciano in Magione, Perugia, over a hundred miles north of Rome, used digital phone applications like WhatsApp or Messenger to make sexual video calls to male minors from Termini Imerese and neighboring areas.
The arrest has embarrassed the Conference of Italian Bishops (CEI) as its pro-gay president, Cdl. Gualtiero Bassetti, is also Esposito’s archbishop, a confidant of Pope Francis, and “widely seen as a prelate cut from the same cloth as the present pontiff.”
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