This is just so disturbing. This was published in May of last year, so not sure where the investigation leads, but this:
While the mobster’s presence on sacred ground has caused a scandal, it’s his role as an alleged pimp to senior Vatican figures that threatens to plunge the Roman Catholic Church into its gravest crisis yet — after astonishing claims about the sexual abuse and death of Emanuela Orlandi, a pretty 15-year-old girl and talented musician. It is those claims that led police to open the crypt.
Near the casket containing the body of the gangster, there was a box with other human bones, which police took for DNA testing, escorted by motorcycle outriders as they sped from Piazza Navona to a laboratory.
The family of Emanuela are waiting to hear if the tests confirm the bones are those of the schoolgirl, who disappeared in the summer of 1983 after leaving her family’s Vatican City apartment to go to a flute lesson in Rome.
Often seen playing within the Vatican walls, where her father worked as a lay official in administration, Emanuela was last seen getting into a green BMW in the centre of the Eternal City. She has not been seen since. If the bones in the tomb are hers, it will be a hammer blow to the credibility of the Church, amid allegations that the girl was abused at depraved orgies attended by some of the Vatican’s most senior prelates and advisers to successive popes.
To the dismay of Vatican officials, already reeling from disclosures about cover-ups involving paedophile priests, these claims come from an insider — a veteran priest with unprecedented access to the inner sanctums of the Vatican.
Father Gabriel Amorth, a priest for 50 years, believes the girl was the victim of a ‘crime with a sexual motive’ and that police should focus their investigations on the Vatican.
Even if the story of the girl turns out to be inaccurate (though, I suspect it will be the opposite and we’ll find yet another reason why I can not stand the Catholic Church as an institution), the fact that they let a gangster be buried in such luxury and extravagance, well… ‘corruption is as corruption’ does I guess.