VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Vatican suspended an official from his job and opened an investigation after the priest was secretly filmed making advances to a young man.
The official, Msgr. Tommaso Stenico, insisted that he was not gay. In a statement Oct. 14, he said he was only pretending to be homosexual in order to research a suspected gay campaign against priests.
Msgr. Stenico, 60, is one of three section chiefs at the Congregation for Clergy. He is the host of a catechetical TV program, has written many religious books and has his own Web site.
The scandal erupted in early October when the Italian network La7 broadcast a program on gay priests.
One segment, filmed through a hidden camera, showed an appointment between a Vatican monsignor and a young man, in which the priest leads the young man to his Vatican office and implies that he doesn't think homosexual acts are sinful.