Dawkins knows I am not one to pick on religious institutions, but …apparently there is a new prostitution scandal in the heart of the Vatican:
One of Pope Benedict’s ceremonial ushers and a member of an elite choir in St Peter’s Basilica have been implicated in a gay prostitution ring, in the latest sexual scandal to taint the Vatican.
Ghinedu Ehiem, a Nigerian, was dismissed by the Vatican on Wednesday from the Giulia Choir after his name appeared in transcripts of police wiretaps, published by an Italian newspaper, in an unrelated Italian investigation.
The wiretaps were carried out in connection with a probe into corruption in contracts to build public works, including the planned venue in Sardinia of last year’s G8 summit. The summit was eventually moved to the Abruzzo region as part of efforts to help it recover from an earthquake.
Among four people arrested last month in the corruption probe was Angelo Balducci, a engineer who is a board member of Italy’s public works department and a construction consultant to the Vatican. Balducci was arrested on corruption charges and the allegations of prostitution emerged only later.
Ok, you caught me. I love picking on religious institutions! Mostly because they claim to be privy to divine revelations unavailable to the rest of the world, therefore putting themselves into an unwarranted position of authority.
Anyhoo, the rest of the story is here.
Ok, it’s not like the Vatican, as a hole, was whoring out choir members as supplemental income, but … their gay-dar was definitely not working properly. You would expect more from an institution of “Gawd”.