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Informed about sex abuse of disabled children, Pope Francis did nothing

At least 22 children were sexually abused by two priests at a school for youths with hearing disabilities in Argentina, an investigating prosecutor said Monday.

Police arrested 82-year old priest Nicola Corradi, 55-year-old priest Horacio Corbacho, and three other men last week. They are accused of sexual and physical child abuse at the Antonio Provolo Institute in northwestern Mendoza province ….

Corradi earlier had been accused in Italy of sexually abusing students at the Provolo Institute in Verona, a notorious school for the deaf where hundreds of children are believed to have been sexually assaulted over the years by two dozen priests and religious brothers ….

The association of Provolo victims in Italy wrote to Pope Francis on December 31, 2013, asking for assistance for the victims there, saying they still received no form of solidarity or support, even after the Vatican concluded they had been abused in 2012 ….

[I have deleted a sentence as it was later confirmed as inaccurate and the Washington Post article I cited has been removed. However, the rest of this article is accurate.] The Provolo group provided the AP with the letter from the Vatican dated February 5, 2016, in which the Vatican said it had forwarded the request to the Italian bishops’ conference, saying it was up to them to investigate.

“Words fail. It is appalling and heartbreaking that Corradi was not stopped by Pope Francis or by other Church authorities. Corradi’s presence at the school in Mendoza was no secret,” said Anne Barrett Doyle, co-director of BishopAccountability.

“Thanks to the Church’s inaction, Corradi appears to have been able to replicate exactly the grotesque situation he enjoyed in Verona – a ring of child molesters in charge of utterly defenseless children who could neither hear nor speak. If the allegations are true, the pope must accept responsibility for the unimaginable suffering of these new victims.”

 

(Betty Clermont is author of The Neo-Catholics: Implementing Christian Nationalism in America and “Duped by the Media on Pope Francis, Progressives Wonder How Republicans Get Elected.”)

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6 Responses

  1. Minimally Francis should resign. Fat chance. Like kings, pontiffs are above the law, any law, secular or church. Despite Francis’ recent muttering about bishops being held accountable, god can’t even hold Francis accountable. The never-ending clerical sexual abuse scandal keeps rolling along. This must be “the New Evangelization” as it continues to empty pews. Thank for keeping the episode before the public as both NCRs and other RC publication are largely ignoring it.

    • Again and again, I thank you for your thoughtful comments.

  2. Again … and again … and again … and why?, because humans fear death. Virgin sacrifice to pagan gods has become the sacrifice of children in the 21st century. All for eternal life. What a con!

    I want to consider myself a non-violent person, but I felt justice was finally served in Buenos Aires this week.

  3. I have a petty comment to make, sorry I am dumping on you.
    There is an article in Catholic News Agency re Cardinal O’Malley getting some new appointment. In the article there is a story O’Malley tells ( to show his empathy for immigrants ) about an immigrant man who was distraught because his wife had not received the money he had been sending home. O’Malley saved the day by pointing out to the immigrant that he had been putting his money in a trash can, not a mailbox.
    Right. The stupid poverty level immigrant made it to the USA, managed to make enough money to send home, but is too stupid to know how to wire money home even though the world has been successfully doing so since the late 1800’s. In addition, the stupid immigrant does not know what a trash can is!
    LIAR!
    I feel better now. Thanks

    • He never showed enough empathy to send off a donation to the wife of the stupid distraught immigrant, the family may have been starving for all he knew.
      Shame on O’Malley for publicly giving him cause to be ridiculed.

    • Thanks, Eileen. Excellent point!

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