The Vatican is bracing itself for a rent boy scandal after a convicted pedophile priest apparently sought vengeance by informing on other child abusers in the Roman clergy.
Don Patrizio Poggi, who served a five-year sentence for abusing five 14 and 15-year-old boys at his parish on the outskirts of the Italian capital, has reportedly handed names to police.
Italian investigators have opened an inquiry into claims by the convicted paedophile priest that an underage prostitution ring has been operating inside the Holy Roman Church with clergymen hiring rentboys for sex inside churches. So far, four people have formally been placed under investigation by Rome magistrates.
The Vatican has denied Don Patrizio Poggi’s allegations over the existence of an underage prostitution ring.