The Vatican’s chief exorcist, appointed by Pope John Paul II, claims that the unsolved murder of 15-year-old Emanuela Orlandi, a case dating back to 1983, can be traced to underground sex parties organized for high-ranking members of the Catholic Church.
Father Gabriele Amorth alleges that at that time, regular orgies were organized by the a former archivist at the Holy See, monsignor Simeone Duca, as well as the Vatican gendarme (private security force) at the behest of Vatican officials. He states:
“Parties were organized, with a Vatican gendarme acting as the ‘recruiter’ of the girls. The network involved diplomatic personnel from a foreign embassy to the Holy See. I believe Emanuela ended up a victim of this circle.”
This is not the first time Father Amorth has ruffled sacerdotal feathers with his outspoken opinions. In 2010 he commented that the sexual scandals rocking Rome were proof that “the Devil was at work in the Vatican.”
The Orlandi case has stymied Italian police for nearly 30 years. Just last month, acting on an anonymous tip, they opened the coffin of notorious Italian gangster Enrico De Pedis, buried in Sant’Apollinare basilica near the center of Rome, in search of Emanuela’s remains. Bones found inside the tomb were tested and proven to belong to someone other than De Pedis, and DNA testing is currently underway to determine whether or not they’re Orlandi’s.
Father Amorth dismisses such notions, however. He remains convinced that after Emanuela was recruited to perform at a Vatican sex party, she subsequently fell victim to the criminal appetites of various Church officials:
“This was a crime with a sexual motive…I have motives to believe that this was just a case of sexual exploitation. It led to the murder and then the hiding of her body. Also involved are diplomatic staff from a foreign embassy to the Holy See.”
The Vatican has offered no comment on Father Amorth’s allegations, though they maintain that they have always complied with any official request regarding the Orlandi case.