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?