In Argentina, court documents there would later allege that (father) Corradi was soon up to his usual practices (moved from a position where he abused children, to another position where there was possibility of continuing to abuse children) and, despite credible reports from Italy that were beginning to surface, he was allowed to stay in his job at the school for the deaf, where he apparently found like-minded abusers. He was finally arrested in 2016 on allegations that he abused 22 deaf and mute children over the course of nearly three decades. Three other priests were arrested with him. There are more than 60 civil trials going on across Argentina against priests like Corradi who allegedly abused children.
Julieta Añazco was one of those victims at the Provolo Institute. She says she was first abused by Father Ricardo Giménez, who worked at the institute. He first attacked her when she was just seven years old, she says, when the two were in a tent being used as a confessional at a Catholic youth festival. The abuse went on for three years before her parents found out and filed a complaint. Giménez was then transferred by the Archdiocese of Buenos Aires, under the direction of then-Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, now Pope Francis.
Añazco is now a pivotal member of Argentina’s branch of the Survivor’s Network of Those Abused by Priests, known as SNAP. She told the German magazine Der Spiegel in a cover story out last week that she and another group of students from the Provolo Institute tried to meet on several occasions with Bergoglio before he was elected as pope because he was the highest ranking prelate in the diocese at the time. Then, in July 2013, she and 13 other victims wrote a letter to the new pontiff to remind him about what happened in his native country under his watch. Giménez, who professes his innocence, is still an active priest although he was arrested and briefly detained.
That letter was never answered by Francis, but Añazco did receive proof of receipt.
Looks pretty damning for Francis. Also continues to look bad for the catholic church.
It seems like abuse crops up everywhere there is an investigation, and that the church simply passes the abusers around to new locations instead of defrocking them or handing them over to the local police.
I can’t help but assume the Church still relies on ancient doctrines of confession, repentance, and forgiveness as the most valid way of dealing with the problem. Moral bankruptcy.
Same as it ever was.
The Cardinal of D.C. has resigned. Slow but steady progress? Not that Catholic leadership matters to me, but protection of children in the church does.