by Umberto Bacchi
June 27, 2013
has denied Don Patrizio Poggi’s allegations
over the existence of
an underage prostitution ring
Serving and former priests hired
rentboys for sex in churches
from pimp who sold consecrated hosts to
says defrocked clergyman.
Italian investigators have opened an inquiry into claims by a
convicted pedophile priest that an underage prostitution ring has
been operating inside the Holy Roman Church with clergymen hiring rentboys for sex inside churches.
Don Patrizio Poggi, 46, told Italian authorities that a
former Carabinieri pimped boys for nine clergymen.
Poggi, who served a five-year sentence for abusing teenage boys
while he was a parish priest at the
San Filippo Neri
church in Rome, said he made the
"protect the Holy Church and the
The boys were chosen because they were
starving and desperate, he claimed, according to Il Messaggero
The former policeman used to recruit the boys, mostly eastern
European immigrants, outside a gay bar named Twink near Rome's
Termini train station. He reportedly sat in his Fiat Panda - marked
"Emergency Blood" to avoid parking fines - to make his selection.
He was helped in the recruitment process by a friend who ran a
He lured underage boys into prostitution
"false work offers for modeling and
acting roles", Poggi said.
The agent also looked for rentboys at
gay discos, saunas and gyms across Rome. An accountant was also said
to be involved.
The boys were paid €150-€500 (£130-£425) to perform sex acts in
church premises across the capital.
Poggi also accused the former Carabinieri of selling consecrated
hosts for satanic rites. Poggi reportedly presented documentary and
photographic evidence to police in the company of two senior Vatican
clergymen who vouched for his credibility.
Poggi identified the nine clergymen, including two senior church
officials and a religion lecturer. Three people have been placed
under formal investigation.
The allegations were rejected by the Vatican. Cardinal Agostino
Vallini, head of the Catholic Vicariate of Rome, said the priest
made false claims out of a desire for vengeance and personal
The Vatican refused to reinstate Poggi after he served his term.
"The cardinal expresses his full
confidence in the magistracy and declares himself full convinced
that this slander will be demolished, demonstrating Poggi's
claims to be untrue," Vallini said.
"God will hold everyone accountable for their deeds."