According to Daily News and Analysis, Battista Ricca was appointed recently by Pope Francis as his ‘eyes and ears’ for Vatican Bank to reduce alleged money laundering, tax evasion and other financial mismanagement.
On Friday an Italian magazine L’Espresso, a weekly news magazine, unearthed that the priest had a string of gay affairs.
With a 15 year Vatican diplomat career, Ricca, 57, had homosexual affair with a Swiss Captain during his appointment at Montevideo, Uruguay.
“The monsignor allegedly met the officer, named as Captain Patrick Haari, during an earlier posting to Berne in Switzerland, and the soldier accompanied him when he was sent to Uruguay,” the magazine further revealed.
The said priest was also reportedly involved in such activities in 2001 and in a gay bar in different places.
About a month ago Pope Francis admitted that there was “a gay lobby” inside the Vatican and a “current of corruption” within the Roman Curia, the secretive governing body of the Holy See.