As church leaders gathered for Tuesday’s papal conclave, news about the Vatican's business interests continued to trickle out.
According to La Repubblica, the Catholic Church is the majority owner of an apartment block that houses Italy’s largest gay bathhouse, an ironic story considering the church’s stance on homosexuality.
It has also been reported that Ivan Cardinal Dias lives in a fancy 12-room apartment one floor above Europa Multiclub. Dias has said that homosexuality is “unnatural” and has made the argument that gays can be “cured.” The Europa club boasts a Turkish bath, Finnish sauna, whirlpools, massages, “bear parties” and other activities, reports The Daily News.
"There is a lot of cruising," said one man who goes to the club and requested anonymity. "Everybody looks at each other and thinks, 'Do I like him? Is he going to like me?’ You can go to a private room or stay where you are."
There have been a lot of stories linking the church with the gay community as of late. Scotland’s Keith Cardinal O’Brien resigned and admitted to improper “sexual conduct” last week. Before Pope Benedict announced his resignation, it was speculated that he received a report that revealed high-ranking clergy were frequenting gay orgies at a Rome sauna, a suburban Rome villa and a beauty parlor.
Source: (The Daily News)