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Fleshdancer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-11 10:32 AM
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Priest Sex-Abuse Case Hits Church of Pope's Adviser
And OF COURSE he would be advising on pedophilia reform! :crazy:

http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,2072613,00.html?xid=rss-world

(GENOA) The latest sex-abuse case to rock the Catholic Church is unfolding in the archdiocese of an influential Italian Cardinal who has been working with Pope Benedict XVI on reforms to respond to prior scandals of pedophile priests.

Father Riccardo Seppia, a 51-year-old parish priest in the village of Sastri Ponente, near Genoa, was arrested last Friday, May 13, on pedophilia and drug charges. Investigators say that in tapped mobile-phone conversations, Seppia asked a Moroccan drug dealer to arrange sexual encounters with young and vulnerable boys. "I do not want 16-year-old boys but younger. Fourteen-year-olds are O.K. Look for needy boys who have family issues," he allegedly said. Genoa Archbishop Angelo Bagnasco, who is the head of the Italian Bishops Conference, had been working with Benedict to establish a tough new worldwide policy, released this week, on how bishops should handle accusations of priestly sex abuse.

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pnwmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-11 10:38 AM
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1. The advisor is the head of a large archdiocese with many churches,
Edited on Fri May-27-11 10:47 AM by pnwmom
one of which employs the accused priest.

Haven't most archdioceses had cases like this? There is no hint that the Archbishop has been involved in any sort of cover-up.

This is not to minimize what, if true, is despicable behavior. But it is behavior attributed to one priest, not to the Archbishop heading the diocese. I think it might be good for the Church that this came to light now, because the Archbishop will be in that much better of a position to advise the Pope on the existence of a continuing problem.
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