For a long time, Catholic Church had received a continuous sexual abuse allegations committed by its own members.
In fact, recent case shocked the Vatican over Catholic priests involved in sex orgies, porn videos and prostitution which emerged from several parishes in Italy.
The claim sent a shock waves all the way to the Vatican and challenging the high standards Pope Francis demands of clergy.
Tracking the depth of cases over the claims against Church’s members, a priest designated in Southern city of Naples was recently suspended from the parish of Santa Maria degli Angeli over claims he held gay orgies and used Internet sites to recruit potential partners whom he paid for sex.
According to a local media, the allegations against Rev. Mario D’Orlando were brought to the attention of the diocese when an anonymous letter was sent to a Naples bishop.
D’Orlando denied the charges when he was summoned by the city’s archbishop, Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe, but is now facing a formal inquiry conducted by local church officials.
Also caught the attention of local media, is the case in the northern city of Padua, a 48-year-old priest, the Rev. Andrea Contin, is facing defrocking as well as judicial proceedings amid accusations he had up to 30 lovers, some of whom he took to a swingers’ resort in France.
Due to the issue, Contin was removed from his parish of San Lazzaro after three women came forward with complaints against him in December. Bishop Claudio Cipolla of Padua cut short a visit to Latin America to deal with the scandal.
“I am incredulous and pained by the accusations,” Cipolla said at a news conference last month.
“This is unacceptable behavior for a priest, a Christian and even for a man,” the Bishop said.
One woman, who claims to have been Contin’s lover for more than three years, claimed the priest carried sex toys and bondage equipment, prostituted his lovers on wife-swapping websites and also invited other priests from the area to sex parties.
“Even if, at the end of this affair, there are no legal consequences, we have a duty by canon law to take disciplinary action,” said Cipolla.
The bishop also disclosed that Pope Francis telephoned him personally at the end of January to offer his support and urge him to stay “strong.”
It can be remembered since his assumption as the pope, the pontiff has taken a tough line on ethical behavior in the church, though he has also recognized the reality of human imperfection and personal flaws.
Just two weeks ago, the Catholic leader has spoken out many times against “temptation,” and he told a gathering of clergy at the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome that faith could not progress without the challenge of temptation.
“Temptation is always present in our lives. Moreover, without temptation you cannot progress in faith,” he said.
In a recent investigative report, Vatican has already paid a huge amount of money just to pay priests’ sexual abuse victims as compensation.