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Sunday, October 14, 2007
Vatican official ‘was pretending to be gay'
October 14, 2007 at 11:45 AM EDT
VATICAN CITY — A Vatican official suspended after being caught on hidden camera making advances to a young man said in an interview published Sunday that he is not gay and was only pretending to be gay as part of his work.
In an interview with La Repubblica newspaper, Monsignor Tommaso Stenico said he frequented online gay chat rooms and met with gay men as part of his work as a psychoanalyst. He said that he pretended to be gay in order to gather information about “those who damage the image of the Church with homosexual activity.”
Vatican teaching holds that homosexual activity is a sin.
“It's all false; it was a trap. I was a victim of my own attempts to contribute to cleaning up the Church with my psychoanalyst work,” La Repubblica quoted Father Stenico as saying.
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Vatican spokesman Rev. Federico Lombardi said Saturday that the monsignor had been suspended pending a Vatican investigation. Father Stenico is a top official in the Vatican's Congregation of the Clergy.
The Vatican after acted its officials recognized Father Stenico's office in the background of a television program on gay priests that was broadcast on Oct. 1 on La7, a private Italian TV network. Father Stenico was secretly filmed making advances to a young man and asserting that gay sex was not sinful.
In the Repubblica interview, Father Stenico said he had met with the young man and pretended to talk about homosexuality “to better understand this mysterious and faraway world which, by the fault of a few people — among them some priests — is doing so much harm to the Church.”
He said he had never been gay and was heterosexual, but remained faithful to his vow of celibacy.
Italy's Sky TG24 said Father Stenico had written a letter to his superiors with a similar defence.
Calls to Father Stenico's home and Vatican office went unanswered Sunday.
Posted by David Berner at 9:57 AM
Man dies at Vancouver Airport
Globe and Mail Update
October 14, 2007 at 12:51 PM EDT
RICHMOND, B.C. — A middle aged man died at Vancouver airport today after an encounter with police involving a taser gun.
RCMP do not know what precipitated the incident, Sergeant Pierre Lemaitrre said in an interview.
Nancy Baggio, operations manager for the airport, said the incident did not disrupt any flights. Some travellers were redirected to another area but operations continued uninterrupted, she said.
A man in his 40s was behaving wildly around 1:30 a. m. in the arrivals area. The RCMP were called to assist the private security company, Sgt. Lemaitre said.
An RCMP officer used a taser in an attempt to subdue the man. However the man continued to strike out, Sgt Lemaitre said.
Three officers finally restrained him. The man passed away shortly afterwards.
Police had the man's passport, but Sgt. Lemaitre declined to release his name.
The local coroner removed the body from the airport about 9 a.m. The police investigation continues.
Posted by David Berner at 9:54 AM