Jeebus, the Vatican bought condos in the same building as Europe's largest bath house?
Not that there's anything wrong with that, but one hardly knows what to say:
The historic palazzo is the headquarters of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples, which was founded in 1622 and is responsible for missionary activities. The building provides accommodation for about 15 priests.
But the imposing stone mansion also contains the Europa Multiclub Sauna and Gym, which claims on its website that it is "the number one gay sauna in Italy"
How conv-e-e-n-n-i-e-n-t. The whole "Upstairs, Downstairs" thing. But it gets better:
The Vatican paid a hugely inflated price for around 20 apartments in the building when it was acquired in 2008, La Repubblica newspaper claimed in a front page report on Monday.
The apartments were bought for nine million euros on May 30 2008 by a property company which later that day sold them to the Vatican for 20 million euros, making an instant profit of 11 million euros, the daily claimed
Lovely. Personally, I don't care what the priests do, or don't do, in the saunas. (It would be really nice if the Vatican stopped insisting that gay people go to hell, while child molesters go to another parish, but that's a post for another time.)
But the corruption? Do tell. What was the 11 million Euros for? Just a favor for a friend? Silence, and if so, about what? Something worse?
File under: Just another patriarchal system collapsing under the weight of its own viciousness and brutality. It would be nice if the banksters were next (granted, partriarchy isn't the only issue there, but it's certainly one of the issues), but I think the banksters have a ways to go.