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‘The pope ignored them’: Alleged abuse of deaf children on two continents points to Vatican failings

Feb 20, 2019

By Anthony Faiola, Chico Harlan, and Stefano Pitrelli

 When investigators swept in and raided the religious Antonio Provolo Institute for the Deaf, they uncovered one of the worst cases yet among the global abuse scandals plaguing the Catholic Church: a place of silent torment where prosecutors say pedophiles preyed on the most isolated and submissive children.

The scope of the alleged abuse was vast. Charges are pending against 13 suspects; a 14th person pleaded guilty to sexual abuse, including rape, and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. The case of the accused ringleader — an octogenarian Italian priest named Nicola Corradi — is set to go before a judge next month.

Corradi was spiritual director of the school and had a decades-long career spanning two continents. And so his arrest in late 2016 raised an immediate question: Did the Catholic Church have any sense that he could be a danger to children?

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2 comments on “‘The pope ignored them’: Alleged abuse of deaf children on two continents points to Vatican failings

  • @OP – LUJAN DE CUYO, Argentina — When investigators swept in and raided the religious Antonio Provolo Institute for the Deaf, they uncovered one of the worst cases yet among the global abuse scandals plaguing the Catholic Church:

     

    This would seem to be characteristic of the cynical two-faced approach!

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-47343458
    A senior Roman Catholic Cardinal has said that files documenting child sexual abuse were destroyed, allowing offences to continue.
    German Cardinal Reinhard Marx told a conference on paedophilia in the Church that procedures to prosecute offenders “were deliberately not complied with”.

    “Files that could have documented the terrible deeds and named those responsible were destroyed, or not even created,” Cardinal Marx told the third day of the conference in the Vatican. “Instead of the perpetrators, the victims were regulated and silence imposed on them.”

    Hundreds of victims have protested outside the Vatican, calling for justice and zero tolerance over the issue.

    There seem to be other similar cases in various countries.

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