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Emanuela Orlandi Was 'Kidnapped For Vatican Sex Parties,' Claims Father Gabriele Amorth

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An undated file photo showing Italian teenager Emanuela Orlandi, the daughter of a Vatican employee, believed to have been kidnapped after a music lesson in Rome on June 22, 1983, when she was 15-years-old. (AP Photo, File)

The Holy See was directly involved in the disappearance of 15-year-old Emanuela Orlandi in 1983, according to a contentious accusation by the Catholic Church's leading exorcist. The Rev. Gabriele Amorth claimed that the girl's kidnapping was a "crime of a sexual nature."

"Parties were organized, with a Vatican gendarme acting as the 'recruiter' of the girls," Amorth told La Stampa, according to a translation by The Telegraph. "The network involved diplomatic personnel from a foreign embassy to the Holy See. I believe Emanuela ended up a victim of this circle."

Amorth, who was appointed by Pope John Paul II and has carried out more than 70,000 exorcisms, is no stranger to controversial public statements; according to The Sun, the exorcist has called Harry Potter the "work of the devil," and has claimed "the devil was at work in the Vatican" when discussing the Catholic Church's sex scandals.

Clues to the missing girl's whereabouts had pointed in several directions, including toward a Turkish gunman who attempted to assassinate Pope John Paul II, The Telegraph reports.

On May 14, one rumor led Italian police to exhume the grave of Enrico De Pedis, a member of Rome's Magliana mob who was killed in 1990, the Associated Press reports. A one-time girlfriend previously said De Pedis committed the kidnapping, and an anonymous call to a television show in 2005 suggested clues on Orlandi's fate lay in the dead mobster's tomb in Basilica of Sant’Apollinaire. A set of bones not belonging to De Pedis were found, but the identity of the remains has yet to be released.

The Vatican insists it has done everything in its power to help solve the mystery of the missing girl.

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Comment by matt.clerke on May 24, 2012 at 7:07pm

Can we demolish it yet? How much of this shit needs to come to the surface before people realise that the catholic church, as an institution, is fundamentally corrupted.

Comment by Logicallunatic on May 24, 2012 at 10:29pm

Nothing about the RapingCatlickChurch shocks me any more. If Ratzi the Nazi came out onto the balcony with a choirboy on the end of his penis I would just be like "yea yea, tell me something I don't know." 

Comment by Mike Hawkins on May 24, 2012 at 10:51pm

I didn't know they were into females.

Comment by Zac Kimmer on May 25, 2012 at 3:08am

Is it just me or does this article make very little sense? It jumps around a lot and it seems weird. The mob and the guy who shot the pope? Harry Potter? We will see how the investigation goes. I could see it being because true governments this all the time.

Comment by Sean O' Byrne on May 25, 2012 at 5:15am

You have to wonder how much more their covering up. I remember reading an article a few weeks ago about the Vatican bank trying to obtain recognition for the international standard of banking. But their denying the Moneyval access to accounts from just a few years ago... And now their director has been removed from duty for suspicion of money laundering. 

The Vatican has always been and continues to be an absolute disgrace. Not to promote violence but I think it should be burnt to the ground and a memorial for all the victims of all the atrocities committed in 'the name of the church' be erected to show how despicable it really is.

Comment by archaeopteryx on May 25, 2012 at 8:47am

@Mike - I think they're still going with, "Don't Ask, Don't Tell".

Comment by Skycomet the Fallen Angel on May 25, 2012 at 2:49pm

These are the same dirty old men that are telling women that birth control is wrong. 

Comment by Unseen on May 25, 2012 at 10:27pm

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