Catholic Church blasts gay priests living 'double life'

ROME - The Catholic Church in Italy, still reeling from the clerical sex abuse scandal, has lashed out at gay priests who are leading a double life, urging them to come out of the closet and leave the priesthood.
The Diocese of Rome issued the strongly worded statement Friday after the conservative Panorama newsweekly said in a cover story and accompanying video that it had interviewed three gay priests in Rome and accompanied them to gay clubs and bars and to sexual encounters with strangers, including one in a church building.
One of the priests, a Frenchman identified only as Paul, celebrated Mass in the morning before driving the two escorts he had hired to attend a party the night before to the airport, Panorama said.
The Rome diocese denounced those priests who were leading a "double life," said they should not have been ordained and promised that the church would rigorously pursue anyone who is behaving in a way that was not dignified for a priest in a statement Friday.