Ex-Swiss guard complains of sexual advances in Vatican

Source: The Irish Times

Ex-Swiss guard complains of sexual advances in Vatican

Derek Scally

Last Updated: Tuesday, January 7, 2014, 22:04
For almost 500 years, young men from all over Switzerland have made the trek to Rome to guard the pope as Swiss guards.

Now a former member of the elite division has revealed that, besides protecting the pontiff, he spent his two years in the Vaticanrebuffing unwanted sexual advances from priests, bishops and even a high-ranking cardinal.

The unnamed guard told a Swiss newspaper that he was the subject of 20 “unambiguous sexual requests”.

“One night, after midnight, I received a call on my mobile phone,” said the former guard in the interview. “The person on the other end said he was a cardinal and he asked me to come to his room.”

On another occasion the guard, who said he served during the papacy of Pope John Paul II, found a bottle of whiskey outside his door alongside the calling card of an influential bishop.

He recalled a dinner with a priest in a Rome restaurant that took an unexpected turn.

“As the spinach and steak were served, the priest said to me: ‘And you are the dessert’,” recalled the ex-guard, saying he stood up and left without touching his food. When the guard complained about the incident to his superior in the guard, he said he was told that, as he spoke no Italian, he had clearly misunderstood the priest’s intentions.
When the time came for him to leave the Vatican, and the ex-guard intended to apply for a job in the Vatican, he was told to meet an unnamed bishop but to “have a shower beforehand”.

Mr Urs Breitenmoser, a guard spokesman, told the Swiss newspaper that the rumours were of no interest and that guards occupied themselves with “very different matters” during their two-year service.

The Swiss Guard were founded in 1506 by Pope Julius II. Members must be unmarried Swiss men between the ages of 19 and 30 and of “good moral ethical background”.

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8 comments on “Ex-Swiss guard complains of sexual advances in Vatican

  1. I’m not surprised.
    Father Matthew Despard in Scotland wrote a book called “Priesthood in Crisis”. Detailing the homo mafia’s control of the seminaries, hierarchy etc. That got him suspended from his clerical duties and his paperback book taken off of Amazon.com. There’s been other good and factual books written about this also which just reinforces what most of us knew about the lavender mafia and its control of the Vatican II church.

  2. Its not just the Vatican. Read Randy Engel’s “The Rite of Sodomy” About 1/2 of all New Religion priests are homos. There are just more per square foot in V City. I want to know if any Swiss lads were NOT propositioned. THAT would be news.

  3. Since when did people inside the Vatican get an exemption from Original Sin. To assume a huge conspiracy is afoot the real sin of Gossip and Conspiracy that destroys the best organisation

    • A matter of legal, journalistic and ecclesiastical record is hardly “gossip.” Nor is the crime of any recent provenance, for that matter. Saints, popes and Doctors of the Church have railed against it for centuries.

      St. P{ius V ordered its practitioners, upon official determination of guilt, defrocked and turned over to the magistrates to be burned at the stake. Thus, its presence in the highest circles of ecclesiastical life is hardly a matter to be passed over in some misapplied sense of “silence”. The vicious, violent nature of the crime warrants its thorough expulsion. So say the Saints.

      In our own age, literally hundreds of millions of Catholics of all stripes and stations are quite aware that the “official church”, since Vatican II, has disgracefully become a warehouse for trafficking in this crime under hierarchical “protection” (or, at the very least, toleration, under omerta).

      And the official record, of late, is particularly wanting with respect to expulsion.

  4. I agree. Any name at all in the article would give it some credibility. Any media outlet that would print something so totally unverifiable is just a scandal sheet. Then again, given the diabolical disorientation of the Vatican, it couldn’t very well be true.

  5. People are afraid to “name names”. Taking the mistreatment of Brendan Eich as an example, nowadays all it seems to take is one small act or statement in support of truth (even if done, or uttered, years before) to unleash the hounds of hell.

  6. Press accounts of the Swiss Guard’s murder / suicide scandal under JP2 named names, as I recall.

    They had no choice.

    There were two corpses.


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