PRIESTS GUILTY OF ABUSING DEAF CHILDREN AT ARGENTINE SCHOOL.

By ALMUDENA CALATRAVANovember 25, 2019

MENDOZA, Argentina (AP) — Two priests were found guilty on Monday of sexually abusing deaf children at a Catholic-run school in Argentina and sentenced to more than 40 years in prison, in a case that has shaken the church in Pope Francis’s homeland.

A three-judge panel in the city of Mendoza sentenced the Rev. Nicola Corradi to 42 years and the Rev. Horacio Corbacho to 45 years for abusing children at the Antonio Provolo Institute for Deaf and Hearing Impaired Children in Lujan de Cuyo, a municipality in northwestern Argentina.

Corradi, an 83-year-old Italian, and Corbacho, a 59-year-old Argentine, were arrested in 2016. The court also sentenced gardener Armando Gómez to 18 years in prison.

It’s expected that Corradi will remain under house arrest because of his age, while Corbacho and Gómez will be held in a prison in the city of Mendoza.

The verdicts can be appealed.

The judges found the men guilty of 20 counts of abuse, including rape, that occurred between 2005 and 2016 at the school, which has since shut down. The 10 victims were former students and all minors at the time of the abuse. The verdict can be appealed.

Pope Francis has not commented publicly on the case, although in 2017, the Vatican sent two Argentine priests to investigate what happened in Mendoza.

“Thank God there has been justice and peace for the victims,” one of the priests, Dante Simon, told The Associated Press on Monday.

After the sentence was delivered, several victims expressed their joy in the courthouse hallway by jumping and raising their arms in the air, as if they were clapping. They embraced the prosecutors who had investigated their cases.

“I am happy, thank you so much for the battle, because everyone has supported us. … This has changed my life, which is evolving,” said Vanina Garay, 26, speaking with the help of an interpreter.

The case has shocked Argentines — as did the revelation that Corradi had been previously accused of similar offenses at a sister agency, the Antonio Provolo Institute in Verona, Italy, but was never charged.

The Vatican had known about Corradi since at least 2009, when the Italian Provolo students went public with tales of abuse and named names. The Vatican ordered an investigation and sanctioned four accused priests, but Corradi apparently never was sanctioned in Italy.

The defendants, who had pleaded innocence, declined to make statements ahead of the judges’ ruling. They appeared somber as they arrived in the courtroom, with Corradi in a wheelchair, his gaze fixed on the ground.

In a statement, the Archbishopric of Mendoza expressed “solidarity and closeness with the victims and their families, who have reported suffering the most aberrant mistreatment” and vowed to “keep working to ensure that these situations are not repeated.”

The Provolo victims have said they did not feel that the local church or the Vatican were protecting them.

“The Argentine court has given the traumatized children of Provolo a measure of justice that the Catholic Church failed to give them,” said Anne Barrett Doyle, co-founder of the online research database BishopAccountability.org.

“We hope the prosecutors now will launch a criminal investigation of the archbishops and other church leaders who knew or should have known that the school was being run by a child molester,” she said.

Doyle also said “the pope too must accept responsibility for the unimaginable suffering of these children. He ignored repeated warnings that Corradi was in Argentina.”

Prosecutor Gustavo Stroppiana was tearful as he said: “None of this can generate joy, but it does bring satisfaction because we were able to judge acts that had been silenced for so many years.”

Simon, the investigator sent by the Vatican, had previously told The Associated Press that the pontiff expressed his sadness about the case and told him that “he was very worried about this situation.”

In a report submitted earlier to the Vatican, Simon requested the maximum canonical penalty for Corradi and Corbacho, that they be made to “resign directly by the Holy Father.” His report must be reviewed by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

Former male and female students testified that the priests touched and sometimes raped them in their dormitories and school bathrooms. They also said they were forced to look at pornographic images. They said they were warned to keep quiet.

Investigators found records of complaints made by parents that weren’t followed up, photographs of a naked girl on Corbacho’s computer and chains he allegedly used to subdue one girl.

Many in Argentina have asked why Francis did not remove Corradi as the authority at the Mendoza school once he learned of the allegations in Verona.

Corradi’s name appeared publicly in 2009, when 67 people said they were abused at the Verona institute by 24 priests, lay people and religious brothers, and specifically said Corradi was in Argentina.

In 2012, the diocese of Verona asked for forgiveness from the victims and sanctioned 24 of the accused, although Corradi was not among them. None of the cases ever went to trial.

Corradi’s name appeared again in 2014 in a letter written to the Pope by deaf students in Verona that reiterated the potential danger he posed in Mendoza.

Corradi is also being investigated in the province of Buenos Aires, where alleged abuses occurred in the Provolo Institute of the city of La Plata. The priest ended up there after Verona, but before he went to Mendoza. Victims’ families believe Corradi’s movements reflect the practice of the Catholic church to transfer from one place to another priests accused of abuse.

In another case that raised questions for the pontiff, a bishop once close to the pope has announced he would arrive back in the country Tuesday to respond to prosecutor’s allegations of sex abuse.

Zanchetta with Francis

Bishop Gustavo Zanchetta’s canon law attorney, Javier Belda Iniesta, said the bishop would fully cooperate with authorities.

A prosecutor accuses Zanchetta of “aggravated continuous sexual abuse” of two seminarians, charges that carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. He has denied the charges, which don’t involve minors.

The Vatican insists the first accusation of actual sex abuse was only lodged against Zanchetta in late 2018. But AP and the Argentine newspaper El Tribuno have reported that documents and testimony from diocesan officials raised credible allegations of inappropriate sexual misconduct well before then.

PAT SAYS

The abuse of children is always an unmitigated evil.

The abuse of children, already carrying the extra burden of a disability, is to pile on further evil.

The abuse of children by a priest, who is present in a community as a representative of Jesus is not only evil but a blasphemy.

The cover up of abuse by bishops and religious superiors compounds the abuse, introduces a second level of abuse, is deeply immoral and should be treated as a grave criminal offence attracting serious sentences.

In the case of Argentina, the home country of the pope, is a stain upon the diocese and bishop of Rome.

One is led to wonder if abuse and the cover up of abuse, is the reason Francis has not returned to Argentina since being elected Pope?

Is Francis afraid that his immoral and criminal past would be highlighted by such a visit?

Is Francis therefore, a fugitive from Argentina?

40 thoughts on “PRIESTS GUILTY OF ABUSING DEAF CHILDREN AT ARGENTINE SCHOOL.

  1. Hi, its me. any chance you could give me a mention once in a while

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    1. Joseph Lollard 28th Nov 2019 — 7:50 am

      You’ve made a good point.

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      1. The survivors of the Bethany Home make very good points.

        https://www.rte.ie/news/2019/0917/1076580-bethany-house/

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  2. Isn’t it wonderful that the world is being freed from the satanic stranglehold of Rome and her filthy Romanist pimps?
    These parasites have had their deceiving, evil day.
    Now comes JUSTICE. 😎
    (Just observin’, like. 😆)

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    1. Up late again, Magna. Was it G&T or just another late night caller?

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      1. MAGNA'S MUMSY..😣😣😣 28th Nov 2019 — 12:25 pm

        9.43: His pimp stayed later than usual…..guess what happened!

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    2. 1.27: Vengeance is mine says Magna, the great cava. The drunkard in the early hours of the morning having been pimped himself goes awry and abuses all before him. We are suppose to believe that he speaks with moral integrity. No, No, No. It’s with an evil intent he speakers to spew, like vomit (which is a drunkard’s hourly habit) his poison and venom. The narrative of hatred is the same every time: he just gets nastier and sadly, unbeknownst to himself, becomes a lesser human being. Other commentators make legitimate – often painfully truthful – observations but in an intelligent, rational and respectful way. Vulgarity has no place in meaningful dialogue. Once a reject, always a reject. Ora pro nobis Sancta Sacerdotes. Deux auxilium vobis Magna. A vita autem fatuus.

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      1. Magna Cava is a highly appropriate name.

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    3. LillieThe Crack Bat 28th Nov 2019 — 5:33 pm

      1.27: Insomniac Cartwheel. 🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃 – pumpkin head, if you spent some time praying contemplatively you would sleep better. 🦊🦊🦊🦊 – miaow, miaow..😂😂😂😂😂 – only joking…

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  3. Give it a rest! Get behind me servant of satan!

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  4. Joseph Lollard 28th Nov 2019 — 7:43 am

    =Pat wrote, 111November – “This video – it’s really worth watching it all – will summarise for you what the SAC sex abuse crisis has done to the RCC.”
    And it’s well worth watching agaain.

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    1. Octogenarian apostate alert.

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  5. RE: “GDPR 2018”.

    Please see below details from the Archdiocese of Dublin regarding “GDPR 2018” and the accessing of any personal data held in its archives.

    As there is a certain individual – with a vested interest – posting misleading comments here regarding the amount of information that is revealed on any released documents, I want to categorically state THAT THE ONLY REDACTED INFORMATION IS NAMES OTHER THAN THE INDIVIDUAL TO WHOM THE DATA REFERS.

    DO NOT LISTEN TO LIES AND FALSEHOODS EMANATING FROM ONE SOURCE.

    You will receive your data within one month of submitting the request and can receive same via email or registered post or both.

    https://www.dublindiocese.ie/privacy-policy/

    How do we keep your information safe and accurate?
    The Diocese is committed to ensuring your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure your information. The Diocese uses technical and organisational security measures to protect your data from accidental or intentional manipulation, loss, destruction or access by unauthorised persons. Our security measures are continuously adapted in line with technological developments.

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    1. 👍Thanks for the info 8:48.

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      1. 9.47: You’re welcome Mags…

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    2. Cheers.

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    3. Dermo has all his i’s dotted and t’s crossed. Way ahead of the culchies. Look and learn pumpkins!

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      1. How does this apply to canonical trials? Could you have information that is stored destroyed before it reaches the vatican?

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      2. Halloween was weeks ago.

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  6. In regard to Detmo or Coddle.
    4 more Years. 4 more years. LOL.

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  7. Pat

    Can you make a data request to the Vatican?

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    1. I dont think they observe european law – or any law for that matter 😈

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    2. Send inquiries to the Diocese of Rome:

      http://www.diocesidiroma.it/paginauffici/

      Data Processing Center of the Vicariate of Rome
      Telephones: 06.698.86341 06.698.86139

      e-mail: ced@diocesidiroma.it

      Address: Piazza San Giovanni in Laterano 6 – 00184 Rome

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    3. Some of those guys think they can tell God what to do.

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  8. Pat

    Are you assisting Dermott for Joseph’s wedding?

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    1. No. I’m only a guest at the reception. But I’m happy with that.

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  9. Don’t cry for me hi young Francisco,🎻 It has got to be addressed. What about Ireland and UK We need to see the rifelers roar and the canons sqeel to an echoe of a church wiped clean. The canons aren’t guns ya know But

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    1. No hi but you’re a moron hi but hi.

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      1. Fly On Th Wall 28th Nov 2019 — 8:20 pm

        Cheers 2.34 makes my day (Hi)

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    2. Good night hi fly.
      Begorra fly don’t cry for me came to mind so it did.
      Great minds think alike fly.
      There’s one too many loose canons on the prowl still.
      Good night fly hi.

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  10. 1.26: I meant of course to say Magna CACA: Cava as a sparkling champagne wine would be suitable (because of his drink-fests) were it not for Margaret’s (Magna) vulgarity.

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  11. New
    Pat have you heard the one about the chef and the seminarian + std
    Under roger Taylor’s nose…..

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    1. It will be nice to hear how things are going at Allen Hall.

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    2. Which diocese is the Sem studying for? They can’t have very many Sems there at present in Allen Hall.

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    3. The chef at Allen Hall is well known for years for the dishes he serves up, he sometimes offers crabs and sometimes a mean paella

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      1. What about the coq au vin?

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  12. Going to sit down soon for Thanksgiving Dinner. Giving thanks for all the blessings that we receive daily. God is good. Happy Thanksgiving to all.

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    1. Some receive far more blessings than others. Be mindful.

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  13. More clerical creeps for the clink. Costing tax payers a fortune.

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