( Timesonline ) - A high-ranking Vatican priest has been suspended after a TV programme , using a hidden camera, recorded him making advances to a young man and asserting that gay sex was not sinful.
Monsignor Tommaso Stenico , 60, is the director of one of the three departments that make up the Congregation for the Clergy, the Vatican "ministry" for the clergy.
Yesterday he claimed that he was pretending to be gay in an attempt to unmask a Satanic plot to seduce Catholic priests to homosexuality and thus discredit the Church. "I only pretended I was gay to study how priests are seduced," said Mgr Stenico , a frequent guest on television programmes discussing religious issues. "There are people who go after them . . . I really believe there is a diabolical plan by groups of Satanists."