Sunday, January 16, 2022

Odyssey of a Latin Expert, from the Vatican to the Gay Rights Movement

He announced that he would leave the priesthood altogether and spent four years, as he put it, in the wilderness. He had a “double outcome” with his parents, about the priesthood and being gay, and they did not talk to him for years. He came across priests and various bathhouses, including one, on priests he knew in a building that is owned by the Vatican. He said he went to drug-addicted parties at the Montecassino Abbey, which traces its roots back to St. Benedict. He made some money with private lessons in Latin and religion and some initial reporters, but he felt lost.

In 2013, a cardinal sent a letter from Mr. Lepore delivered in which he explained the situation to the newly elected Pope Francis. In October, the phone of Mr. Lepore, and Francis say he admires his “consistency” and “courage” in not leading a double life, and that he wants to help him with his economic problems, according to Mr. Lepore.

(A Vatican spokesman did not respond to a call for comment)

But apart from an envelope with 2,000 euros, about $ 2,400, from another cardinal (a ‘kindness’), no work ever materialized. Francis signed his dispensation papers in August 2014 and removed him from the spiritual state.

Mr Lepore, free from the church, threw himself into gay rights activism. In February 2019, he became the star witness of Frédéric Martel’s effervescent book ‘In the Closet of the Vatican’, where Lepore’s estimate that 80 percent of Vatican staff are gay made a splash.

Later that year, Ivan Scalfarotto, a politician who is now a secretary in the Italian Ministry of the Interior, told the new editor of Linkiesta about a man who knows everything about the Vatican. The editor, Christian Rocca, was intrigued. Mr. Lepore sent him an article about the poor view of the Vatican of the suddenly pious turn of nationalist leader Matteo Salvini. Mr. Rocca sent it to a Vatican official he knew and who assured him it was spot on.

“I discovered this gem,” he said. Rocca said.

Last year, Mr. Rocca drove the idea of ​​a daily column in Latin, which he said was not good for search engine optimization, but it seems like it could be fun.

“It looks like madness,” he said. Lepore replied.

And then he immediately got to it.

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