News Sources Claim That Police Broke up a Drug-Fueled Gay Orgy at a Vatican Apartment


Fact Test - Mixed

The claim(s):

On July 5, 2017, the Daily Mail reported that Vatican police had broken up a gay orgy at the Vatican apartment of an assistant of Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio, head of the Pontifical Council for Legislative texts and a key adviser to Pope Francis. These claims were then widely reported across a number of other websites.

The truth:

The reports in the Western media are based largely on several articles in the Italian press; in particular, two articles from the outlet La Citta from the July 2, 2017, and two articles from il Fatto Quotdidiano, published on the July, 5, 2017, and the June 28, 2017, respectively. Further information in an article on the Polish news website Pudelek published on the July 2, 2017 also added more details to the story.

According to these sources, the Vatican Gendarmerie raided an apartment in the Vatican belonging to a former secretary to one of Pope Francis’ top advisors, Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio. In the raid, the police found a bag of cocaine, and the priest that they arrested then confessed to taking the drugs during the gay orgy at the apartment.

Initially, according to Pudelek, the priest who was arrested was assigned to a drug rehabilitation centre instead of prison.

This, as well as the allegation that the arrest happened over two months before the press reported on it, have sparked allegations of a cover-up.

However, it should likewise be noted that many of the details in terms of who was involved, when the events occurred, and whether the police actually interrupted an orgy in progress have not yet been disclosed by the Vatican, and most of the known information comes from secondary sources.

In summary, while the story of the police raid on a Vatican apartment has been widely reported in the Italian and national press, and the general facts are known, many of the exact details have not been forthcoming; so, this claim is rated as being partially true.

 

 

 

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