Martedì, 25 Settembre 2018
SAVONA

Benedict accused of inaction in priest sex abuse in Italy

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Savona, March 4 - Victims of pedophilia have
appeared on Italian television with accusations that Benedict
XVI knew of several cases of priest sex abuse in northern Italy
while a high-ranking cardinal at the Vatican but never did
anything about it.
The accusers, who made their statements Sunday on Italian
television program Le Iene, said that the Vatican failed to
press charges against several priests in the city of Savona who
victimized minors 10 years ago when then Cardinal Joseph
Ratzinger was cardinal-prefect of the Congregation for the
Doctrine of the Faith, whose role required investigating the
sexual abuse of minors by priests.
Presented as evidence on the program was a letter dated
September 8, 2003 and addressed to Ratzinger in which Savona
Bishop Domenico Calcagno, now a cardinal at the Vatican,
informed him of a priest named Nello Giraudo who had been
accused of pedophilia.
The priest, who was later transferred to another parish,
was sentenced to one year in jail last year.

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