Father Francesco Spagnesi
At court

Father Spagnesi is 40.

He is gay.

He is HIV +

He had sex with other men and withheld his HIV status.

He is into drugs and drug fuelled orgies.

His nickname is the “pusher priest”.

He stole £ 257,000 from his parish to finance his lifestyle.

His boyfriend, 40-year-old Alessio Regina, was given three years and two months in jail for complicity in the buying and selling of drugs, also as part of a plea deal.

The parties organised by Spagnesi typically involved the priest, his drug-dealing flatmate and at least one other person, whom they would find through gay dating sites, according to detectives.

However, on occasion, the weekly parties would involve much larger groups of up to 20 or 30 participants. 

Investigations into Spagnesi began after police reportedly discovered that his flatmate had imported a litre of GHB from The Netherlands. The drug is often referred to as a ‘date-rape’ drug as it has been used to incapacitate victims of sexual assault.

He will serve part of his sentence in a rehab unit.

He must pay back the £ 257,000.

I find it hard to believe that the priesthood and religious life has always been so corrupt and decadent.

Men, women, children, sex, drugs, money, orgies, saunas Satanic sex gatherings etc.

Everyday you hear a new shocker from the Vatican, dioceses and monasteries.

Where will it all end?

As a seminarian and young priest I saw none of that.

I knew that there was human weakness and sinfulness.

But I never knew it was so universal, planned, cynical and “the norm”.

Have things got worse and why?





Billionaire businessman Andrew Forrest is poised to snap up prime farmland surrounding Australia’s only monastic town of New Norcia, 130 kilometres north of Perth in WA.

Key points:

The historic townsite north of Perth is not part of the sale

It’s the first time the land is being sold in 175 years

The property is touted as some of the best farming land in the state

In a deal subject to approval by the Catholic Church, Mr Forrest’s Tattarang company is set to buy the 7,975 hectares of farmland surrounding the historic townsite that was established by Benedictine monks as part of an Aboriginal mission in 1847.

It will be the first time the land, near the banks of the Moore River, has changed hands since then.

The remaining small community of monks at New Norcia made the “difficult decision” earlier this year to sell the land to pay for historical sexual abuse claims by Aboriginal people who attended the mission’s orphanages until the mid-1970s.

The sale price has not been disclosed, but the farmland is thought to be worth around $40 million.

Tattarang said it would form part of its Harvest Road agrifood business that includes the Harvey Beef brand.

The company’s chief investment officer, John Hartman, said Harvest Road was committed to protecting the iconic property.

“We pay tribute to the outstanding stewardship of the Benedictine community that has preserved the exceptional productivity of the land for almost two centuries,” Mr Hartman said in a statement.

“We know that this is an iconic place with an unbroken 175-year agricultural legacy that has helped support generations of regional farming communities.

“We are committed to investing in New Norcia’s future and we look forward to working with surrounding shires to create new value for local communities and unlock long-term jobs.”


The Abbot of New Norcia, John Herbert, declined to comment on the prospective sale of the farmland.


In September, he confirmed to the ABC that the community had so far made payments totalling more than $10 million to survivors of historical child sexual abuse.

It is understood there are currently 20 outstanding historical child sexual abuse cases.

The sale does not include the New Norcia townsite.

Deal divides survivors of alleged abuse

The prospective sale has so far drawn a mixed response from First Nations people connected to the mission’s orphanages.

Kevin Barron, who from the late 1950s went to St Mary’s, New Norcia’s institution for Aboriginal boys, welcomed the news as a step towards survivors of alleged abuse being compensated.

Mr Barron said he worked on the farmland as a boy, picking olives and wild radishes.

“I don’t care who buys it,” he said.

“But a lot of people will be grateful that at least they can be paid out for the abuse they suffered.”

Elvis Moody, whose father Eric also attended the boys home, said he was disappointed that the land had not been returned to the local Yued people.

He said he hoped Mr Forrest would “respect the traditional custodians of the land in any decisions that are made regarding the use of the property”.

“The best outcome in the interests of the Yued people and their descendants is for the land to be used for preservation and protection of natural species, not agriculture, and open to the public for recreation and Yued people for ceremonies,” he said.

‘The memories will never go’

Ballardong-Noongar woman Dallas Phillips attended St Joseph’s girls home at New Norcia and said she was disappointed that there was no mention of working with Aboriginal people in Tattarang’s media release about the purchase.

“They must not forget that it was blackfellas that did all the clearing of that land,” she said.

“It was our mob who did all that work.

“It was unpaid labour, they were used … to make that land prime today.

“They might sell the land but the memories will never go.”


So, it’s not in Ireland and the UK that Benedictine monasteries are in serious trouble.

Here we are troubled by gay carry on in Glenstal and Silverstream.

In Australia the need tens of millions of dollars to pay off victims of abuse at Benedictine Monastery schools there.

Somebody once said:


That’s now spilled over into the 21 St century too.

And God knows how long it will go on?

The Hierarchy and clergy of the RCC weaponised sex against us all for so long.

Now that weapon has turned around on them and is destroying them.

Is there Divine Justice at work here?