Priest, Sex, Vatican, Pope Francis, Andrea Bardon, Antonio Calvieri
Priest, Sex, Vatican, Pope Francis, Andrea Bardon, Antonio Calvieri

Sin, Secrecy and Sex Parties: Italian Court Dismisses Priest In Alleged Vatican Gay Sex Circle

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This week, Father Antonio Calvieri, a priest at a south Italy Carmelite monastery, was dismissed by his local archbishop over recent charges of “aggressive sexual harassment.” The charges include sordid tales of prostitution, priest orgies, well-hung minors, and getting freaky with members of the Vatican Swiss Guard.

A 32-year-old man named Andrea Baldon filed the charges as part of a larger lawsuit seeking damages from Calvieri and his church. But unlike other recent accusations against the Vatican of priestly gay sexual misconduct, Baldon complaint’s offered a supernova of details.

The enormous collection of evidence presented to the court included conversations between Calvieri and Baldon via Facebook and Skype, sexual webcam screenshots and videos, and — most scandalous of all — an alleged “little black book” containing the names and addresses of priests involved in the Vatican’s rumored “Gay Lobby” — a document which, if leaked to the public, would likely prove catastrophic to the anti-gay Catholic Church.

According to Baldon’s testimony, he claims he reached out to Calvieri for spiritual comfort after losing his job. The 50-something-year-old Father Calvieri first suggested Baldon become a priest. Baldon alleges that Calvieri made a number of confessions during these conversations, not the least of which included coming out to Baldon.

Over time, the exchange between the two intensified, with Calvieri eventually mentioning a lifetime of sexual escapades with other priests and even an account of a relationship with a young Vatican Swiss Guard. In one particular message, Baldon said Calvieri asked him if he knew any 17-year-old men who were “thin and well-equipped.”

Antonio Calvieri, Vatican, Andrea Bardon, Pope Francis, Gay Lobby
Father Antonio Calvieri

According to Baldon’s court deposition, following their first face-to-face meeting, Baldon began recording their conversations, in which Calvieri shared his sexual fantasies, often religious in nature:

He wanted me to do everything. His fantasy was that I was Judas Iscariot and, since I had betrayed Jesus, I had to pay the price by becoming his slave.” 

Baldon also states that Calvieri confirmed rumors of gay priest sex parties in Rome, even offering an invitation for him to come along. Other undisclosed court documents presented allegedly provide evidence of Calvieri hiring young male prostitutes for sex. The relationship between the two men ended on March 25th, the day Baldon filed the lawsuit. Baldon says he’s now in counseling for “psychological damage.”

Calvieri was officially dismissed on Easter Monday, however he’ll still be able to work at another diocese if he chooses, since Catholic law states only the Vatican can order him to be defrocked.

Though Pope Francis has made a point of taking a more outspoken position than his predecessors on sexual misconduct in the Church, nearly a week has passed with no response from the Church’s highest figure. A Vatican spokesperson has said that this case will be handled on the local level rather than receive attention from Rome.