Sex scandals rock the Catholic Church

Byline: Patrick Baldwin

Some sex scandals are popping up in the Pope's backyard. There are claims of orgies, prostitution, and porn in some Italian parishes. This all comes out as Pope Francis is demanding higher standards for men of the cloth.

In Naples, one priest is suspended. The story is that he may have hosted orgies and hired prostitutes online.

Then in the northern city of Padua, a priest could be defrock for what looks to be his swinging lifestyle. One report says he had up to 30 lovers.

In just the last few weeks, the Pope Francis has spoken up about the need for priests to resist temptation.

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Anonymous posters criticizing the Pope appear in Rome
A poster depicting Pope Francis and accusing him of attacking conservative Catholics is seen in Rome, Italy, February 5, 2017. REUTERS/Max Rossi
A worker covers with a banner reading "illegal poster" a poster depicting Pope Francis and accusing him of attacking conservative Catholics is seen in Rome, Italy, February 5, 2017. REUTERS/Max Rossi
A worker covers with a banner reading "illegal poster" a poster depicting Pope Francis and accusing him of attacking conservative Catholics is seen in Rome, Italy, February 5, 2017. REUTERS/Max Rossi
Pope Francis speaks as he leads the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord mass in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican February 2, 2017. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
Pope Francis holds a candle as he leads the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord mass in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican February 2, 2017. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
Pope Francis holds a candle as he arrives to lead the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord mass in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican February 2, 2017. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
Pope Francis leads the weekly audience in Paul VI Hall at the Vatican February 1, 2017. REUTERS/Max Rossi
Pope Francis greets a child as he arrives to lead the weekly audience in Paul VI Hall at the Vatican February 1, 2017. REUTERS/Max Rossi
Pope Francis arrives to lead the weekly audience in Paul VI Hall at the Vatican February 1, 2017. REUTERS/Max Rossi
Pope Francis leads his Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican January 29, 2017. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
Pope Francis leads the Second Vespers at the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside The Walls in Rome, Italy January 25, 2017. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
Pope Francis blesses a baby as he arrives to lead his Wednesday general audience in Paul VI Hall at the Vatican January 25, 2017. REUTERS/Tony Gentile
Pope Francis waves as he leads his Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican January 22, 2017. REUTERS/Tony Gentile
Pope Francis celebrates a Mass to mark the closing of a Jubilee year for the 800th anniversary of the official foundation of the Dominican Order in Saint John Basilica in Rome, Italy January 21, 2017. REUTERS/Tony Gentile
Pope Francis celebrates a Mass to mark the closing of a Jubilee year for the 800th anniversary of the official foundation of the Dominican Order in Saint John Basilica in Rome, Italy January 21, 2017. REUTERS/Tony Gentile
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