Lunedì, 22 Ottobre 2018
GENOA

Cardinal pressured to skip conclave for 'pedophilia coverup'

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Genoa, March 7 - An Italian group campaigning
against priest sex abuse on Thursday called for Cardinal
Domenico Calcagno to be banned from electing a new pope.
Francesco Zanardi, the head of L'Abuso, said he he will be
in Rome Friday to "personally hand (Vatican Spokesman Federico)
Lombardi and the Vatican administrative office" a petition
signed by numerous people demanding that "Cardinal Calcagno
stays out of the conclave".
Zanardi accuses Calcagno, a former bishop of the northern
city of Savona, and two other recent bishops there of
systematically covering up cases of pedophilia in the diocese.
On Sunday, pedophilia victims appeared on Italian
television with accusations that Benedict XVI knew of several
cases of priest sex abuse in Savona but never did anything
about it.
The accusers, who made their statements 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 Calcagno,
informed him of a priest 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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