Vatican police busted drug-fueled gay orgy at top priest's apartment

Vatican police broke up a drug-fueled gay orgy at the residence of a secretary to one of Pope Francis' key advisers, according to an Italian newspaper.

The apartment sat close to the city and belonged to the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the congregation designated to tackling clerical sexual abuse.

The newspaper, il Fatto Quotidiano, claims the flat was allegedly home to Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio, an aid to the 80-year-old Pope.

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Italian Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio arrives to attend a prayer at Saint Peter's Basilica in the Vatican March 6, 2013. Catholic cardinals said on Tuesday they wanted time to get to know each before choosing the next pope and meanwhile would seek more information on a secret report on alleged corruption in the Vatican. REUTERS/Max Rossi (ITALY - Tags: RELIGION)
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Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio (L), president of the Vatican Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, arrives to read Pope Francis' details on the marriage annulments reforms in the Vatican press hall on November 8, 2015. In a letter to believers, the Argentinian pontiff said annulments would require approval by only one church tribunal, rather than two as currently. A streamlined procedure is to be introduced for the most straightforward cases and access to hearings will not cost anything, the letter states. AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO (Photo credit should read ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)
Pope Benedict XVI places red biretta, a four-cornered hat, on the head of new Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio during a consistory ceremony in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican February 18, 2012. Pope Benedict XVI installed 22 new Roman Catholic cardinals from around the world on Saturday. REUTERS/Osservatore Romano (VATICAN - Tags: RELIGION) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio (R), president of the Vatican Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, reads Pope Francis' details on the marriage annulments reforms in the Vatican press hall on November 8, 2015. In a letter to believers, the Argentinian pontiff said annulments would require approval by only one church tribunal, rather than two as currently. A streamlined procedure is to be introduced for the most straightforward cases and access to hearings will not cost anything, the letter states. AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO (Photo credit should read ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)
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Police first raided the apartment in June following complaints from neighbors about frequent visitors to the residence who were engaging in peculiar activity, the local outlet goes on to report.

After cops gained access inside the apartment, they were shocked to discover men getting high and having sex.

The top priest was arrested, presumably on drugs charges, as gay sex is legal in Vatican City, NY Daily News reports.

After, he was shipped off to a spiritual retreat in Italy.

Prior to the incident, Coccopalmiero recommended his secretary for a promotion to bishop.

SEE ALSO: Australian Catholic Church says Cardinal Pell 'strenuously denies' sexual assault charges

It is less likely the church will follow through with his advancement after Coccopalmiero's arrest, however, and two previous alleged drug overdoses, according to an International Business Times report.

It hasn't been a great couple of weeks for the Catholic Church. Cardinal George Pell was just charged in a sex abuse scandal last week.

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