Lunedì, 18 Novembre 2019
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Pedophile priest victims send pope a video message


Rome - An organization of survivors of child sexual abuse at
the hands of Catholic priests has sent Pope Francis a videotaped
appeal for justice and compensation, La Repubblica newspaper
reported Friday.
The organization called Rete l'Abuso (Abuse Network) made
the video featuring dozens of adult survivors of child sexual
abuse in religious institutions. Among them are eight deaf-mute
people who were enrolled at the Antonio Provolo religious
institute for disabled children in the northern city of Verona,
where some 25 priests abused at least 100 victims from the
mid-1950s to the mid-1990s.
In a 2011 letter, an association of adult survivors of the
abuse at Provolo wrote to then-pope Benedict XVI, asking him to
deconsecrate three churches they said they were sexually
assaulted in as children.
In their video message, the victims call on Francis for
compensation, because the crimes committed against them have
long since timed out under Italian law.
In a Wednesday hearing in Geneva, Vatican UN Ambassador
Silvano Tomasi told the UN Committee on the Convention against
Torture that since 1950, the Holy See has paid sex-abuse victims
a total of $2.5 billion in damages and $78 million to pay for
The Abuse Network in February called on the Vatican to
declassify its archives on pedophile priests so they can be
turned over to public prosecutors.
On its website, it has published a list of 148 convicted
child-molesting priests, as well as a map of Italy detailing all
the parishes where child abuse allegations have surfaced.
"We believe the list to be useful to all parents who want
to protect their children from these priests, but there is still
a lot of work to do", Network organizers said.
"We're still here, and we're asking the pope to hear our
Pope Francis in April issued his strongest apology yet for
the sexual abuse of minors by Catholic priests.
"I feel compelled to personally take on all the evil
wrought by some priests... and to personally ask for forgiveness
for the damage they have done for having sexually abused
children," said the pontiff.
Francis promised members of the International Catholic
Child Bureau (BICE) that there would be no "step backwards" in
punishing sex-abuse culprits and fighting such abuse, one of his
priorities amid a sweeping reform drive.

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