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Friday May 27, 2011

“Loose-Living” Monks Kicked Out of Monastery by Pope Benedict

“Loose-Living” Monks Kicked Out of Monastery by Pope Benedict

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A Vatican spokesperson has confirmed that Pope Benedict XVI approved a rare decree ordering a monastery of party-lovin’ Cistercian monks to be dissolved.

The spokesman, Father Ciro Benedettino, said, “An inquiry found evidence of liturgical and financial irregularities as well as lifestyle that were probably not in keeping with that of a monk.”

The monks are said to have hosted celebrity guests like Madonna and Gloria Estefan, opened a hotel with 24-hour limousine service, and even staged concerts for a lap dancer-turned-nun.

Two years ago, the monks’ abbot, a former fashion designer, was fired, and a shop supposedly selling organic produce from the their garden was shut down when people began to suspect that the monks’ fruit was actually bought at a local market. They are also said to have amassed a huge debts.

The Cistercian monks have been based at the Santa Croce monastery, whose church holds a number of the holiest Catholic relics.

The “loose-living” monks will be sent to various churches around Italy.

The Cistercian monks have been based at the Santa Croce monastery, which is attached to a church that holds a number of the holiest of Catholic relics.

The “loose-living” monks will be sent to various churches around Italy.