He then promised
solutions to the history of the church essentially condoning the
horrid practice. However, it appears that his solution is to sweep
it under the rug.
The Rev. Mauro Inzoli
is now facing a second church trial after new evidence emerged
against him, according to the AP.
Another committee member, psychologist Maria Rita Parsi, added:
One such event that was covered up by the Vatican and the Western media at large was the reverend Gino Flaim, who claimed to "understand pedophilia" and said it's caused by the child's attempt to find affection.
He told Italy's La7 television channel,
When the interviewer asked Flaim,
Flaim responded by saying,
After condoning pedophilia and blaming it on the child, this 'holy man' went on to bash homosexuality, calling it a "disease."
Many canon lawyers and church authorities argue that defrocking pedophiles can put society at greater risk because the church no longer exerts any control over them.
They argue that keeping the men in restricted ministry, away from children, at least enables superiors to exert some degree of supervision.
However, as the case of Rev. Mauro Inzoli illustrates, these people need to be locked up.
In November, an Italian criminal judge showed little mercy in convicting Inzoli of abusing five children, aged 12-16, and sentencing him to four years, nine months in prison.
The judge said Inzoli had a number of other victims but their cases fell outside the statute of limitations, according to the AP.
With pedophilia scandals rocking the elite right now, is it that surprising to learn that the Pope is attempting to downplay the church's role in the horrific practice?
As the AP reports, Francis scrapped the commission's proposed tribunal for bishops who botch abuse cases following legal objections from the congregation.
The commission's other major initiative - a guideline template to help dioceses develop policies to fight abuse and safeguard children - is gathering dust.
The Vatican never sent the template to bishops' conferences, as the commission had sought, or even linked it to its main abuse-resource website.