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Paedophile priests better inside the church than out

Paedophile priests better inside the church than out

Last year it was reported that paedophile priest Mauro Inzoli, above, had agreed to pay out a sum of €125,000 his victims, aged between 12 and 16. Each received €25,000.

Inzoli, known as “Don Mercedes” for his love expensive cars and under-aged boys, was defrocked in 2012 but was later, controversially, welcomed back to the priesthood and told to live a life of prayer and humble discretion in 2014.

It is now reported that Pope Francis’ decision to reinstate Inzoli was apparently based on the belief that keeping offenders inside the Catholic Church is preferable to turning them loose.

Church authorities have argued that defrocking paedophile priests will prevent the Church exerting control over them, claiming that to do so would place them in the wider society where they may re-offend.

Vatican spokesman Greg Burke said the restrictions are intended to ensure the priest’s conduct within the church is supervised and their access to children is prevented.

He defended the Pope’s emphasis on mercy, claiming that it applied to:

Even those who are guilty of heinous crimes and priests who are found to be abusers are permanently removed from the ministry but are not necessarily defrocked.

The Holy Father understands that many victims and survivors can find any sign of mercy in this area difficult, but he knows that the Gospel message of mercy is ultimately a source of powerful healing and of grace.

In contrast, during his eight-year papacy his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, defrocked 800 priests, who had raped and molested children and rarely granted clemency petitions.

Inzoli is prohibited from celebrating Mass in public or being near children, and is barred from his diocese. He has also been ordered to undergo five years of psychotherapy.

Pope Francis overruled the advice given to him by the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which recommended sterner penalties befitting the heinous crimes against children, but Inzoli was controversially, welcomed back to the priesthood. There was a public outcry in in the northern Italian town of Cremona, where the abuse took place.

Marie Collins, an abuse survivor and founding member of Francis’ sex-abuse advisory commission, said the Pope’s rulings for lenient sentences sends out the wrong message to abusers and survivors of abuse.

All who abuse have made a conscious decision to do so. Even those who are paedophiles, experts will tell you, are still responsible for their actions. They can resist their inclinations.

While mercy is important, justice for all parties is equally important. If there is seen to be any weakness about proper penalties, then it might well send the wrong message to those who would abuse.

10 responses to “Paedophile priests better inside the church than out”

  1. AgentCormac says:

    Send the bastards to prison. That would prevent them from getting into wider society where they may re-offend.

  2. remigius says:

    They should take away his Mercedes. That’ll teach ‘im.

  3. Paul says:

    ‘The gospels message of mercy’.
    Where the f*** is that in the babble with all living creatures destroyed save Noah and his crew and the mass murders of innocents many races and tribes – all carried out and perpetrated by gawd.
    These people really don’t read the babble at all do they.

  4. Johan says:

    The rcc … pure filth.

  5. CoastalMaineBird says:

    defrocking paedophile priests will prevent the Church exerting control over them“.

    Because that works so well, dontcha know.

  6. Trevor Blake says:

    I can’t imagine the reaction if (a) sheltering of rapist clergy were a widespread, multi-decade problem and (b) this fact was well documented and widely known. Without a profound outcry by millions of Roman Catholics that toppled their corrupt leadership one would be forced to conclude a quiet compliance with the child rapists.

  7. StephenJP says:

    Why on earth has this nasty piece of work been allowed to get away with paying his victims hush money rather than being subject to the secular criminal law? As usual the RCC is more concerned with protecting their priests than making them face the music. If the church were private citizens they would be charged with concealing a crime and perverting the course of justice.

  8. Robster says:

    If they want to really upset their dodgy colleague, Frank and his Vatican team can do a number of things, for example deny him the Jesus cracker and blood diet, strip him of the “power”to turn the cracker into actual Jesus flesh, take away his lighter so he can’t combust the incense, and lock him away in a small dark room.

  9. barriejohn says:

    CoastalMaineBird: My thoughts exactly. The Catholic Church is making such a good job of “exerting control” over paedophile priests that I can’t see why anyone in his right mind would want to interfere!

  10. John says:

    Yet, the current headline for BBC News on-line is ‘Do not jail all paedophiles, says police chief’, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-39112911.
    Chief Constable Simon Bailey, of the National Police Chief’s Council, told the BBC the numbers of reports of abuse were at “huge proportions” – an NSPCC study in late 2016 used figures which suggested the number of individuals looking at such images on-line could exceed half a million.
    Really, this is a massive problem, not just for religious organisations but for the rest of society too.
    I think there needs to be medical research conducted into how such activities and practices can be combated through medical treatment which will be long-lasting.
    This may involve medical procedures of some kind which will have to be made mandatory.
    The only worry is would such procedures then be considered appropriate for other mental conditions in future?
    Would being a freethinker be considered socially deviant and needing similar treatment?
    Might being gay come to be considered in a similar way?
    It is all very difficult.