Police Find Drugs in Raid of Vatican Apartment
Vatican police have attacked an apartment belonging to the Vatican and detained an aide to one of Francisco’s top advisers.
Police in late June have found widespread use of drugs and men involved in homosexual activities during the bust at the house belonging to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, according to Il Fatto Quotidiano, an Italian daily newspaper First to report the incident. Among its functions, to guide the congregation’s response to clerical cases of sexual abuse.
Authorities arrested the secretary of Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio, who was a occupant of the dwelling, but the official charges related to the incident have not been reported.
Coccopalmerio, who serves as president of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts and conducts interpretations of the laws of the Church, would have advised his secretary to promote the bishop.
Police were informed by neighbors, who complained of unusual behavior and a “constant coming and going” of housing.
The newspaper described the Pope as “crazy” and said that help was first taken in a clinic and hospital to be detoxified by the drugs he had used and “now he is back in an Italian convent.”
The scandal comes after the return of Cardinal George Pell in Australia to defend himself against charges related to multiple historical sex crimes. Pell, one of the Pope’s top advisers, is the highest ranking church official to deal with allegations of abuse.
Days after giving the Pell release, Francis has also recalled German Cardinal Gerhard Mueller as prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, according to The Associated Press. It is not known whether the drug arrest noted played a role in the Pope’s decision.
The Pope has pledged a “zero tolerance” approach to abuse, but victim advocates said poor staffing decisions and the scandal of global abuses reaching the heart of the Vatican have tarnished its legacy.