COMO, Italy (ChurchMilitant.com) - An Italian archdiocese is threatening to sue an investigative journalist for reporting the alleged homosexual abuse of underage seminarians by one of its priests.
The diocese of Como is not only telling Italian journalist Gaetano Pecoraro to be quiet, it is also threatening the alleged victims he interviewed in this two-part investigative report revealing details of gay rape by a senior seminarian at the Vatican's St. Pius X pre-seminary, where boys from around the world come to be able to serve Mass for the pope.
Pecoraro's investigation features the testimony of "Marco" — now an adult — who was only 13 years old when he claims he was raped by a senior dorm mate at the Vatican seminary.
Marco's roommate, Kamil Jarzembowski, was in the same dorm room with him and witnessed, he claims, over 100 counts of rape by the senior seminarian.
Pecoraro never reveals the name of the seminarian, who was 20 years old at the time and became a priest for the diocese of Como. He is also a member of the Opera Don Folci, the group running the pre-seminary.
Jarzembowski says "the seminarist" went into his room around 11 p.m. on three different nights, leaving after Jarzembowski asked him, "What are you doing in here?" Seeing the fellow seminarian afterward, he would ask what business he had in his room, but he never received an answer.
The fourth time, Jarzembowski notes he didn't say anything in order to see what the intruder would do. He witnessed the seminarian getting into bed with his 15-year-old roommate "Marco" and begin "sexual intercourse" with him.
Pecoraro asks why Marco didn't resist. Jarzembowski answers that the seminarian "had a powerful position inside the seminarian and inside St. Peter's Basilica," with direct authority over the younger ones.
Jarzembowski noted that the seminarian was given authority by the rector of the school because the school knew after graduation he was planning on joining the order.
Despite the fact that Jarzembowski reported the misconduct to school authorities, nothing was done. The Vatican claims it investigated the matter in 2013 but concluded no abuse had taken place.
The Vatican, however, agreed on November 21 to re-investigate the claims after journalist Gianluigi Nuzzi broke the story in his book, Original Sin, where he exposed the ongoing financial corruption and the homosexual lobby entrenched in the Vatican. A copy of the book was sent to the Vatican's criminal prosecutor, and after international media reported on the explosive allegations, the Vatican announced it would relaunch its investigation.