Schoolgirl Emanuela Orlandi 'kidnapped for Vatican sex parties'
Priest claims teenager missing 30 years was killed in a cover up also involving diplomatic staff
THE LEADING exorcist of the Roman Catholic Church has claimed a missing schoolgirl was kidnapped for Vatican sex parties and has implicated diplomatic staff and members of the Holy See, The Daily Telegraph reports.
Italian priest Gabriel Amorth, 85, said 15-year-old Emanuela Orlandi was snatched from the streets of central Rome in the summer of 1983 and forced to take part in sex parties. "This was a crime with a sexual motive," Amorth said. "Parties were organised, with a Vatican gendarme acting as the 'recruiter' of the girls."
The priest spoke out last week as investigators broke into the grave of a known gang boss in Rome following an anonymous tip that the key to Emanuela's disappearance would be "found there". Bones in the grave which do not belong to the mobster, Enrico De Pedis, have so far not been positively identified as the girl's.
In an interview with La Stampa newspaper, Father Amorth said: "It has already been explained by Monsignor Simeone Duca, an archivist at the Vatican who was asked to recruit girls for parties with the help of the Vatican gendarmes, that the network involved diplomatic personnel from a foreign embassy to the Holy See. I believe Emanuela ended up a victim of this circle."
Orlandi disappeared after leaving her family's Vatican City apartment to go to a music lesson in Rome. Her father was a lay employee of the Holy See.
Four years ago, Italian news reports quoted De Pedis's former lover as telling Rome prosecutors that criminals from the city's crime syndicate, known as the Magliana gang, had kidnapped the girl and had her body dumped in a cement mixer near a beach outside the capital.
Father Amorth is a controversial figure who in the past has also denounced yoga and Harry Potter as the 'work of the Devil'. He was appointed by the late Pope John Paul II as the Vatican's chief exorcist, and has carried out over 70,000 exorcisms in his career.