AN Italian man dressed up in fake ecclesiastical robes has been escorted out of a meeting of Catholic cardinals by Swiss Guards after trying to sneak into the closed-door Vatican meeting.

The man told reporters his name was “Basilius” and he was a member of the “Italian Orthodox Church”, which does not exist.

Before he was discovered, the “bishop” told reporters that Catholic bishops had “made a mistake by moving priests” who were accused of pedophilia around different parishes.

He was wearing a purple scarf around his waist that was similar to the sashes warn by senior Catholic prelates and he shook hands and chatted with priests and cardinals arriving at the meeting on Monday.