The police have broken up a homosexual wild party characterised by excessive drinking and indiscriminate sexual activities at a flat allegedly owned by the Holy Office , which is in charge of tackling sexual abuse among the clergy .
Vatican police broke up the gay orgy at the home of the secretary to one of Pope Francis’ s key advisers, it has been claimed .
The flat belonged to the Vatican’ s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith , or Holy Office , which is in charge of tackling sexual abuse among the clergy .
Reports in Italy claim the occupant of the apartment is the secretary to Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio — a key aide to the 80- year -old Pope Francis .
Coccopalmerio heads the Pontifical Council for Legislative texts and was said to have once recommended his secretary for a promotion to bishop .
The claims about the police raid last month were made in the Italian newspaper Il Fatto Quotidiano.
The flat involved is a short distance from the Vatican itself .
According to the paper , neighbours became suspicious before complaining about irregular behaviour of those coming and going at the flat .
When police showed up, they reportedly found drugs and a group of men engaged in sexual activity.
It is the latest scandal to hit the Vatican and comes after its finance chief , Cardinal George Pell , was charged with historical sexual offences .
Pell has protested his innocence and said he was looking forward to having his day in court after a two – year investigation.
Police have not revealed details of the charges against the 76-year- old Pell , citing the need to preserve the ‘ integrity of the judicial process . ’
Pell , appointed to clean up the Vatican’ s murky finances , has taken a leave of absence to defend himself against the sex abuse charges in Australia .
In March , the Vatican was hit with a wave of lurid accusations of misbehaving priests across Italy , with scandals involving orgies , prostitution and pornographic videos.
The claims were embarrassing to the Vatican , which, under Pope Francis , has attempted to demand high standards of the clergy .
Francis has tried to clamp down on unethical behaviour ever since being made Pope in 2013 and has often spoken out against the pitfalls of ‘ temptation. ’