Martin Marillas MENDOZA ITALY

Catholic, Clergy Sex Abuse, Deaf-Mute, Italy, Pope Francis, Provolo Institute

An elderly Catholic priest, apparently in an Italian hospital, was caught in an undercover video laughing and joking about his own sexual assault of boys — along with assaults of other priests — at a diocesan home for deaf-mute children.
The 2017 video shows Italian Father Eligio Piccoli recounting unapologetically — almost boastfully — how he abused boys.
“I lost my head and grabbed him from behind,” he said.

With gestures, Piccoli simulated sodomitic acts that priests and other religious allegedly committed with minors. In one instance, Piccoli pointed at the undercover journalist as if to humor him about homosexual rape.

“By touching, it (the male organ) becomes hard, you know? Dammit, come on,” he jokingly told the undercover journalist.
Now an invalid, Piccoli laughed as he recounted the names of several priests and religious who allegedly fondled or raped minors at the Provolo Institute for deaf-mute children in Verona, Italy.
Piccoli is one of several priests and staff of Provolo Institute in Italy, which was operated by members of the Community of Mary religious congregation.
“With those kids,” Piccoli tells the hidden camera while wearing a rosary around his neck, “the only joke I did was to touch one, even though I shouldn’t have done so.”
The video was recorded by a journalist for, an Italian website.
“It was a young one who came to my room. He was cuddly. While the rest of the children were playing, he wasn’t. It was cold, so I said, ‘Come into my room,’” Piccoli said to the journalist, who claimed to be a former student while asking about accusations of sex abuse by priests.
“At a certain moment,” Piccoli said, “he showed me his male member. Some of what they say is true, but … all of them (the former students) are corrupt. They touch each other; they masturbate.”
In the video, Piccoli said at least 10 priests abused children at the Provolo Institute. When they were found out, he said, they were transferred.
“To one of them they said, ‘Either you go to America or go home,” he said in the video. Piccoli clarified, “Yes, to Argentina, Argentina,” in reference to the transfer of the accused pedophiles.
“It wasn’t a sin,” Piccoli said in the candid video, adding, “Doing among males was a joke. But to do it with a woman is more serious. If one does it out of necessity, to make a joke, is nothing. It’s like having the vice of smoking.”
Several of the victims have given accounts of experiencing and witnessing abuse while they were at the Provolo Institute in Italy.
In 2009, 67 former students of the Provolo Institute accused priests, nuns and consecrated laity of sexual abuse of children under their care during a period extending from the 1960s to the 1980s. The video was uploaded in February 2017 and has circulated widely.

Piccoli is now more than 85 years old and was receiving care in December 2017 at a residence for elderly priests at Negrar, a town approximately 10 miles from Verona in northern Italy. According to the Argentine newspaper Clarin, Piccoli was later moved from Negrar to an undisclosed location, where he is protected by officials of the Diocese of Verona.
According to Clarin, out of consideration for his age and precarious health, Piccoli was ordered by the Catholic Church to conduct a life of prayer as penance for his crimes, which were uncovered in 2009. The only one of the priests in Italy to receive canonical sanction by the Catholic Church for crimes at the Provolo Institute, Piccoli was also ordered to stay away from children and submit to monitoring by the Church.
According to, the statute of limitations has prevented Italian government authorities from pursuing criminal charges. After Provolo alumni went public with their charges, a Vatican investigation ensued, followed by an official apology in 2012. Provolo victims later accused the priest Nicola Corradi of serial abuse while noting that he had been transferred to the Provolo Institute’s sister facility in Argentina.
The 2017 video gained further relevance after a press conference on Monday in Argentina. In a video interview with Mendoza TV, Anne Barret Doyle of called on Pope Francis to return to his native country to apologize to the approximately 20 victims that prosecutors say were abused at the Provolo Institute in Mendoza province. More than a dozen persons are facing charges.
Two priests, octogenarian Nicola Corradi and 58-year-old Horacio Corbacho, as well as three other men were arrested in 2016. Corradi has been accused of abusing children in Italy, from whence he was transferred. Both Corradi and Corbacho are facing a preliminary hearing, which critics say has been too long in coming.
Unlike the cases in Italy, the statute of limitations has not expired in Argentina. Reportedly, Corradi and Corbacho have not faced canonical sanctions by the Catholic Church.
Doyle said in the video interview that she and fellow activists seek to show solidarity with the Provolo victims and to seek justice.
“Pope Francis owes them a personal apology for his complicity and silence,” Doyle said. “The Italian victims warned him for years that Corradi and others were working with children in Argentina. The Pope did nothing.”
Pope Francis has not visited Argentina since assuming the throne of St. Peter in 2013.
Despite Pope Francis’ statements in Heaven and Earth, a book jointly written with Rabbi Abraham Skorka, that there were no pedophile priests in his Argentine diocese before he was elevated to the papacy, according to a German TV documentary, he sought to defend Father Mauro Inzoli from accusations of pedophilia, reinstating his priestly faculties despite advice from Cardinal Gerhard Muller.
In another case, Fr. Julio Cesar Grassi was sentenced to 15 years after being convicted of sexual abuse of minors during his time in the diocese then under the authority of Pope Francis, who was then Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio. also wants Pope Francis to investigate Archbishop Marcelo Colombo of Mendoza. Doyle said in the video interview that Colombo refuses to provide information to prosecutors about the accused clerics. However, Colombo told the media last year that he wants to help victims of abuse.
In the video interview, Doyle theorized that there may be as many as 1,300 cases of clerical abuse still to be revealed in Catholic Church files in Argentina.


This elderly, retired, sick priest laughs about the deaf boys he and his fellow priests abused!

How truly sick and evil is that?

But I have personally witnessed cynical priests laughing at vulnerable people.

It happened in the dining room of St Peter’s Cathedral in Belfast in the very late 1970s.

Five of us were in the dining room waiting for lunch to arrive on the dumb waiter.

Fr Joe McGurnaghan was look g out a window and spotted a lady in her 80s struggling with two heave shopping bags. He called Fr. Vincent McKinley to the window saying: “Vincent, come here and see this bandy legged old f*****”.

McKinley went to the window and they both laughed and McKinley said: “I wouldn’t like like a whiff of the gusset of her knickers”.

And they both had a great laugh.

When priests become as cynical as that they laugh with other at the horrible things they say and do.

These things have their origin in satanic evil

As a Pope has said: “The smoke of evil has entered the church”.

And the laity are not his instruments.

His instruments are the clergy and hierarchy.


Francis goes round the world in his chartered jet (climate change?) even to countries with miniscule Catholic populations, yet avoids Argentina. Why? Is he afraid of exposure of his record there.

In other news, the latest US class action against the Vatican cites Francis’s personal intervention in 2018 to prevent the US bishops introducing tough new measures to tackle abuse. Francis has a truly shameful approach to abuse. But his worshippers will blast me for saying this.


7:15 a.m.
More sedevacantist, and most likely, US rubbish. You don’t like the Bishop of Rome. You are entitled to your view. But you are not entitled to defame him by calumny. You attribute a motive for his not visiting his native land without a shred of evidence. You’d be laughed out of court.
Your second defamatory rant, from the privileged anonymity of concealment which the internet allows is equally revolting. Francis’ intervention was to ensure a single national church – regardless of its size and prestige – would wait for a matter of weeks, so that the resulting document would be owned by the universal i.e. catholic church.
Domine salvum fac pontificem Franciscum quem elegisti et exaudi nos in die qua invocaverimus te.


8.57 … But Francis and his team may yet come to regret not supporting the American church in taking strong action. Time will tell. He may well be taking the road of scandal cover up rather than of real action and so risks others sorting out the problems in their way.



Your level of comprehension is concerning, and your level of logic (of reasoning) alarming.

The poster at 7:15 is, as you stated, entitled to his or her view; but then, bizzarely, you go on to lambast the person for ‘calumnising’ Pope Francis when all that was said of him (vis a vis his not going to Argentina) was, in fact, an interrogative view, not a calumny: ‘Is he afraid of exposure of his record there (in Argentina).’

Try to distinquish between an opinion and a statement of fact; and then learn to hone your ability to reason by not contradicting yourself. Both will spare you much embarrassment.


Is this defamatory?

Cardinal Wuerl allowed Fr. George Zirwas to continue in ministry after learning that he had committed numerous crimes of sexual abuse. Wuerl resigned as Archbishop of Washington but Pope Francis praised him for his nobility, kept him in charge of the Archdiocese of Washington as apostolic administrator, and retained him as a member of the Congregation for Bishops.

Archbishop Mario Delpini as vicar general of the archdiocese of Milan, he moved Fr. Mauro Galli to a new parish after being informed that Galli had sexually abused a young man. Delpini admitted this in a court deposition in 2014. The Holy See was made aware of this. Pope Francis named him as Archbishop of Milan in 2017.

Bishop Juan Barros covered up the grave sexual crimes of Fr. Fernando Karadima, who was convicted of sexual abuse by a Church tribunal in 2011. Pope Francis appointed Barros bishop of Osorno in 2015 despite strong protests from the faithful and described his critics as calumniators. Bishop Barros accepted responsibility and resigned in 2018 after Pope Francis admitted he had made “serious mistakes” in dealing with his case.

Bishop Juan Carlos Maccarone was bishop of Santiago de Estero in Argentina and dean of the Faculty of Theology of the Pontifical University of Buenos Aires. In 2005, a video of Maccarone having sex with a taxi driver was made public. He subsequently retired as bishop. After this incident, Archbishop Bergoglio signed a declaration of solidarity with Maccarone issued by the Argentine Bishops’ conference, of which he was then the head.

Bishop Gustavo Zanchetta had been named by Pope Francis as bishop of Oran in Argentina in 2013. Zanchetta engaged in homosexual misconduct, including the sexual harassment of seminarians. Photographic evidence of this was submitted to the Holy See in 2015. In December 2017 Pope Francis named Zanchetta as assessor of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See, a new post created for Zanchetta.

Mgr. Battista Ricca was engaged in grave homosexual misbehaviour while employed in the papal nunciature in Uruguay. This included getting trapped in an elevator with a male prostitute and having to be rescued by the fire department. After these scandals had become public, Pope Francis put him in charge of his residence, the Casa Santa Marta, and named him as prelate of the Vatican Bank.

Fr. Julio Grassi was convicted in 2009 of sexually abusing a teenage boy. The Argentine Bishops’ Conference under the chairmanship of Cardinal Bergoglio made great efforts to prevent Grassi’s conviction. The Bishops’ Conference commissioned a four-volume work for this purpose that slandered Grassi’s victims. Grassi stated that all through his legal process, Archbishop Bergoglio had ‘held his hand’.

Fr. Mauro Inzoli was condemned for sexual abuse to minors to reduction to the lay state by the CDF in 2012 in the first instance, but the enforcement of that sentence was suspended after he appealed, and in 2014 Pope Francis changed it into the much milder prescription to a retired life. In 2016 he was arrested and condemned by an Italian court. Only after he fell under the civil judgement did Pope Francis finally reduce him to the lay state.


The norms proposed by the USCCB were much more rigorous than the outcome of the talking shop Francis held in Rome. When he met Marie Collins in Dublin he refused her request that there be a Vatican tribunal to investigate bishops accused of covering abuse or moving abusing priests from parish to parish. He patronised her by saying that when she was next in Rome he would explain why it was impossible to adopt her proposal.


8:57 (a Magna Carta spokesperson)
You are confusing a grammatical category (interrogative) with a semantic one.
At 3:23 to one of the MC spokespersons:
One is entitled to hold one’s views, but not necessarily, as in this case, to express them, when they contain a falsification of the truth (“afraid of the exposure of his record”). It is not public knowledge why Francis has not yet returned to Argentina.
The fact the the allegation was framed in the form of a grammatical interrogative does not mitigate it’s falsity. There is such a concept as the loaded question and there is the rhetorical. The former is encountered in the oft-quoted aphorism “Do you still beat your wife?”
The differentiation between the right to hold an opinion and the right to express it is not something that has troubled you and the other contributors to the MC virtual persona. The shameful legacy of that cabal is on public record on this blog.


The problem is that Pope Francis is “merciful” to clerical abusers, who feel better because Papa says it’s OK, but their victims, children and teenagers remember, suffer for the rest of their lives and often turn to drink, drugs or suicide. I hope the abusers rot in hell.
We also must not forget that most csa takes place in families and is done by lay people. I was abused by my brother aged around 5 or 6 and it has wrecked my mind, especially as I now worry that it could have happened more often than the one time I remembered.


Yes. Agreed. Especially when they can’t differentiate between a past participle and the past tense.


This video is symptomatic of how the Church, bishops, priests etc. thought of the extra curricular pleasures they engaged in at the expense of vulnerable children. They just though it was a bit of harmless activity, with no come back, and could be eased with regular confession as a spiritual problem visited on them by their sinful human condition and the devil. Essentially, it was a spiritual problem for them.
To listen to this man minimizes and chortling about what happened is sick making.
I trust that he will have many years lying in bed with the opportunity to reflect on the great evil he and others inflicted on vulnerable children, and the consequences of that for those children.
If there is a Purgatory, then he and those others deserve to spend a long time there before any salvation is given to them.



This terrible abuse did not happen in isolation from the teachings and laws of the institutional Roman Catholic Church; it is important not to ignore this context, since it both enabled and facilitated these perverted crimes against children. And it continues to do so.

Even today, with all the publicity and the excoriation of the episcopate, Pope Francis recently decided to retain pontifical secrecy, the official and effective gag on those abused from forwarding complaints to civil authorities. It means, for example, that if an offending priest during a canonical trial (which are very rare) admits to having abused more children than he was accused of (even if he admitted to murdering one of them to silence him for good) this all would still fall under that evil cloak, pontifical secrecy. As pope, Francis has executive and substantive authority to remove the so-called ‘Pontifical Secret’ at the stroke of a pen. That he has chosen not to do so is horrifying.

The poster at 7:15 is right: Pope Francis ‘has a truly shameful approach to abuse’. And so, too, has every Roman Catholic priest, since he is commited to upholding this abhorrent secret through his vow of episcopal obedience.

Pat, I came across this website that tracks all media reports and court judgements against priests and clergy who have abused children and vulnerable adults.
Every priest in Ireland , and their diocese , has been tracked and links to newspaper and television reports about their crimes.
Perhaps all your readers would click on the link and check that we have everyone ? Otherwise email the editor and get those ‘missing’ included on the rogues’ gallery.


It wasn’t surprising coming from a background where I went to deaf schools. The religious (cb plus few vincentian priests as well) knew school history of all sort of abuses that went on after the eucharistic Congress. It continued well into 1970’s 80’s early 90’s. They (CB) kept that secret from unsuspecting parents like our parents until I entered that school(already named in Ryan report). It was only after I entered that school then I began to see abuses going on at night. I hadn’t a foggiest idea about sex cos I was only 9 going to 10 that time. One of the boys explained it to me when I complained regular nocturnal visits by various CB’s. Then I understood their purposes. The problem of reporting them became even more problematic cos we only go home every 3 or 4 months. So in another words they got away with murder numerous times until I reported directly to my parents about night visits. They took the matter to their hands and met superior of that school. Unfortunately they didn’t report to the civil authority. Anyway after my parents meeting with superior in question. That CB superior took a very deep dislike to me and quite distasteful comments directed at me now and again. I never understood his very deep aversion to me or my presence until few years ago. Until one deaf guy admitted that he was sexually abused by a young CB which I suspected quite strongly which confirmed my instincts later. That CB superior who lived next door to a young CB as he would listen sexual noises coming from next door. He made no attempts to stop it. Now I understood why he took quite deep dislike to me cos he didn’t want the noises from next bedroom to stop. It was sheer sickening when I found out eventually. Such sexual perversion and depravity which was quite shocking. I am not shocked anymore re above video cos I became so inured to all that disgusting stuff. Had seen that video few months ago as it wasn’t new ( going around the net.
Knew the story on Verona deaf school since last year or so. Nothing new except PF country now mentioned.
MC was right re pontifical secrets as it only applies to all priests, religious brothers nuns cardinal’s so on as I dont think it will applies to the civilians like ourselves.
1st piece of advice that I could give you is to report directly to the civil authorities and don’t bother reporting it to the church (not worth it just because they will always cover up until they are blue or purple in the face).
Deaf user (DU).


Here is another example of abuse in a deaf school, in Argentina, and Bergoglio’s did nothing, as per usual.


I have heard about this in the news. It seems to be a matter of the Bishop not following the guidelines.


This Bishop has nothing to do with the Roman Catholic Church.

He is Church of England known as Anglicans

The Safeguarding has all changed in the UK for years it has / is being addressed.

Apart from KOB the UK has had NO further problems in the Bishopric

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Jim, at 7:09
Agreed. He used to post here anonymously some months back. He identified himself as an Irishman living in Scotland. He’s gay. He had a prurient inquisitiveness into the sex lives of other people although he was getting enough sex himself, thank you. He was barely literate. He didn’t know where a sentence began or ended, though he said he was educated to degree level. Worst of all, he had the annoying habit of recommending readers to write to papal nuncios – to such an extent that it would keep the Royal Mail or An Post in business for years. His judgement is poor and anecdotally based. Just take a look at his post at 6:12. At a quick glance I counted no fewer than 6 mistakes.


Anonymous 10.33 you are nasty and it is called bullet points.

However I am NOT gay the only thing I hope and Pray for is that the gay clergy and the gay people leave the Church or asked to leave.

And I have NO hesitation of informing the clergy of gay people living together and receiving Holy Communion.

I have a degree in Business Administration and yes a an Irishman and living in Glasgow and attend Saint Andrew’s Cathedral where we have excellent clergy now.


It’s none of your business whoever is living together and going to Communion. If the clergy, whose business it is not either, have any sense, they will tell you just as much, the next time you seek to inform on others.
Ireland’s gain is Scotland’s loss.


Now I wonder why the stuff on here is repetitive? Could it be that it’s because the same sh*t keeps coming up?


Precisely, if the abuse Pat exposes was stopped, Pat could say his work was done and he could close down the blog. However, I reckon the blog will be needed for a very long while.


Yes it does. And fortunately there are now too many online outlets for those who wish Pat would focus on something different/positive, think of his own sins, and so on, to have their way, which is that the abuse and corruption in the RC is not published.
I’m not seeing this is going to end any time soon. For more details reread the post above.


I have a counsellor friend and she makes the compelling point that children are trusting and they accept whatever life they are given as being normal. That includes thinking that a horrible childhood is normal. Even though Pope Francis says nobody goes to Hell, surely there must be punishment for those whom Jesus said suffer the little children, and warned that those who cost even one of those to be lost, it had better that a stone be cast around his neck.
Pat, how do you explain how or why clerics who heard these verses did what they did? Did they not believe what Jesus said?


6.19: You’re right about the same old, same old….Some people just need a platform for expression…and let them have it. However, you and I know that as priests today, (presuming you’re a priest) we are hugely challenged to be an “Alter Christus” for all to whom we minister. Despite the tyranny of abuse we receive on this blog, let us remain focused on CHRIST , whose MEMORY, you and I at least will strive to keep SACRED, (others having abandoned the ideal!). And when, in our humanity, we fail, disappoint, sin and leave much good undone, the God of Jesus says: ask for mercy, try again, don’t give up. And while we must never leave unsaid our abhorrence of abuse and call and name it for what it is – criminal – let us grasp our inner strength in the awareness of our potential to effect lives for the better. Let us renew each day OUR resolve to all that is noble, virtuous and worthwhile. Let us recognise too that we are earthenware jars, we are frail, we fall and become broken and we cannot possibly be true to our vocation without God’s grace, thus the imperative of prayer. Let us also be affirmed in our belief that despite our promise of obedience to our Bishop, our humanity, integrity, decency or our ability to truly care for others is frozen or killed off! (As MC would argue). It didn’t happen to me and I’m sure it didn’t happen to you nor to the many priests I have encountered. Christ, for you and for me is the FOCUS. We journey on in hope, and stay with the pathway of Christ and, trusting in God-with-us, let us not be put down by the snipers.


10.05 seems to be a lot of assumption in that post. Let them have their expression? You can face their expression now or later. Which might be the better choice I wonder?


Anon@ 9.56: like you, I look forward to +Pat’s answer. In essence, an answer he gives, based on his blog pedigree, will probably rely on factors like lack of spirituality, poor seminary assessment & training, etc, etc.
My perception is: that many naive altruistic young men (sexually & experientially) with good intentions embarked from a cradle catholic upbringing on what they perceived as a worthwhile caring service career: its high status was an extra bonus.
Further down the line they not only discovered the reality of RC clerical life, but with the ” scales having fallen from their eyes” ; becoming more aware of previously inexperienced, suppressed sexuality; having realised how shallow and inconsequential is much of RC orthodoxy, ( if I may be blunt: the naive belief in a personal God as per the New Testament and its interpretation by the RC church), many while avoiding ‘abandoning ‘ their now comfortable role, (and fearful of lack of suitable alternatives): in short: ……you’re aware of the now well documented perennial “goings on” : not just recently but for generations. For many of these abusive clerics, anything goes just as long as they can keep their privileged lifestyle .
I just feel sorry for those caring altruistic pastoral clerics let down by such “colleagues “.


Brilliant comment, MMM. When I entered seminary the assessment procedure was that the diocesan college president [a priest] approved you, the vocations director sent you for a fireside chat and that was that. You give out clues, MMM that you were involved in the honorable profession of social work. Social workers are highly regulated, supervised and on a register.

In my day in Maynooth they projected priesthood as social work with spiritually as something for before the working day started, a Mass, then prayer in the evening.

If priests want to be involved in the lives of children and vulnerable adults they should have to match the safeguarding standards of social workers.


Anon@ 12.24: You make an important point about the shallow inept initial past decisions to accept candidates into seminary. I say decisions: certainly not assessments. In my own case it was simply to get my PP to sign a confirmatory statement that I was baptised/confirmed in the parish. The PP was a kindly but doddery old fellow housebound and “semi senile!” And in my six seminary years I recall nothing whatsoever along the lines of an interview/assessment/examination of my motivation etc. I could have easily “drifted through ” to ordination, but left in 3rd divinity in 1968.
I’m aware of several of my former seminary colleagues since convicted of abuse as priests and huge payments made as compensation.


Even though I was a 19 year old man and very highly sexually charged, as you are at that age, naturally, I only masturbated once a month when I was in Maynooth and felt incredibly guilty about it. The strange thing was that I thought about sex much more because I’d obstsained than if I’d never obtained.

I’m a happily married man now, and a father of children and I’m glad that the drive has decreased and it’s now mostly companionship with the nice stuff about once a month.


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