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What?! Homos working in the Vatican?

[Hand covers mouth in disbelief…]

Someone better get Ratzi on the horn!

The Roman Catholic Church was in the midst of damage control on Sunday following the firing of a key aide to the Cardinal in London for being gay and the reported arrest of a top Vatican official in Rome for trying to pick up a gay or transsexual prostitute.

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, the leader of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales has reportedly fired his top aide after discovering the man is gay. The Mail reports that Stephen Noon’s sexuality was discovered when his long-term partner visited him at his office.

…”Shortly afterwards the Church made it clear that his sexuality was incompatible with the job he had to do. Since he was the spokesperson for the Cardinal, Murphy-O’Connor clearly felt he had to act because homosexual acts are regarded by the Church as a sin,” the friend was quoted as saying.

Ah, but it gets better…

…Meanwhile, in Rome, the Vatican is vehemently denying published reports that a senior Church official had been arrested while looking for a male or a transsexual prostitute in an area of the city know for its hustlers.

The Ansa news agency and Italian newspapers report that the 48-year-old priest – whose rank was withheld and who was identified only by the initials CB – works in the office of the secretary of state of the Vatican.

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