Victims and relatives complain defence lawyers for two nuns and several other women are stalling trial into historic child sex abuse at Próvolo Institute in Mendoza Province.
Victims and relatives have called for an “end to delays” in the trial of two nuns and seven other women accused of complicity in the sexual abuse of deaf children at the Antonio Próvolo Institute for Deaf and Hearing Impaired Children in Mendoza Province, which was postponed last week due to a case of coronavirus.
The second trial in this case, which has shaken up the Catholic Church in the homeland of Pope Francis and which has already seen two priests sentenced to 40-year prison terms in 2019, was postponed last Monday for a fortnight when the defence lawyers pleaded that one of them is in isolation due to Covid-19.
“The defence lawyers of the nuns have been playing their little tricks for 18 months now. They have no other way of delaying the trial because they have nothing in their favour. If it’s a case of Covid, OK, we’ll wait until May, but then let’s not have one case of Covid and then another,” warned Ariel Lizarraga, the father of Daiana, the first to denounce the abuses at the Mendoza centre, speaking to AFP.
The accused nuns are Kosaka Kumiko, a Japanese under house arrest, and Asunción Martínez, born in Paraguay. Also in the dock are the Próvolo Institute’s legal representative, a psychologist, a cook and four directors during the period between 2004 and 2016 when the abuses and rapes of children aged between four and 17 years occurred.
We understand the context of pandemic but it’s time to put an end to the delays. We need this trial to begin and be resolved so that we can carry on with our lives, restoring their rights to the victims,” adds Érica Labeguerie, the sister of Claudia, another of the victims who today is 27 years old and the mother of a boy.
The trial, with around 100 witnesses due to testify, “is highly important because it will mark closure for a great deal of pain and re-victimisation.”
“The nuns were those in charge of housing the girls, imparting great terror and an essential part of everything happening in the institution,” affirms Erica Labeguerie.
The accused will have to answer in court for not having denounced the abuses. Kumiko is also accused of fondling some of the 14 victims who testified in Cámara Gesell courthouse.
“I know we’re going to win this trial but for my daughter the damage is permanent, irreparable. The accompaniment of the family is small anaesthetic for this pain. The trauma suffered, the atrocities inflicted on them will never be forgotten,” warned Lizarraga.
Daiana’s father maintains that the accused “knew everything which was going on. If they had denounced them, the rapes would have stopped.”
“We’re talking about children and adolescents who bled and screamed in pain. A conviction with a severe sentence is really to be expected,” adds lawyer Sergio Salinas representing nine victims.
Carlos Varela Álvarez, who is defending the two nuns of the Hermanas de la Huerta congregation, deplores what he considers his clients being convicted in advance by public opinion.
The evidence has been “manipulated and twisted,” he assured AFP, insisting that he is defending “people who are pleading their innocence in the face of a public opinion which has convicted them in advance and a court system prepared for that.”
This new trial is unfolding after in November, 2019, the court sentenced 61-year-old Argentine priest Horacio Corbacho and 85-year-old Italian priest Nicola Corradi to 45 and 42 years imprisonment respectively for the sexual abuse and rape of children at the Próvolo Institute. The convictions have been upheld.
Also sentenced were gardener Armando Gómez and former altar boy Jorge Bordón to 18 and 10 years respectively after pleading guilty in an abbreviated trial in 2018.
Corradi arrived in Argentina in 1970 from the Próvolo Institute in Verona, Italy, where the order for teaching the deaf and dumb originated and where abuse has already been denounced, taking charge of the La Plata branch of the institute and then from 1998 in Mendoza where he was remanded in custody on November 26, 2016.
Abuse has also been denounced at the Próvolo Institute in La Plata where the charges are being investigated without yet coming to trial in the Buenos Aires provincial capital.
“The Catholic Church is covering up. Not only do they not supply evidence but they hide it. The Vatican keeps demonstrating that they want to keep covering up,” affirms Salinas.
When investigators swept in and raided the religious Antonio Provolo Institute for the Deaf, they uncovered one of the worst cases yet among the global abuse scandals plaguing the Catholic Church: a place of silent torment where prosecutors say pedophiles preyed on the most isolated and submissive children.
The scope of the alleged abuse was vast. Charges are pending against 13 suspects; a 14th person pleaded guilty to sexual abuse, including rape, and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. The case of the accused ringleader — an octogenarian Italian priest named Nicola Corradi — is set to go before a judge next month.
Corradi was spiritual director of the school and had a decades-long career spanning two continents. And so his arrest in late 2016 raised an immediate question: Did the Catholic Church have any sense that he could be a danger to children?
The answer, according to a Washington Post investigation that included a review of court and church documents, private letters, and dozens of interviews in Argentina and Italy, is that church officials up to and including Pope Francis were warned repeatedly and directly about a group of alleged predators that included Corradi.
Yet they took no apparent action against him.
“I want Pope Francis to come here, I want him to explain how this happened, how they knew this and did nothing,” a 24-year-old alumna of the Provolo Institute said, using sign language as her hands shook in rage. She and her 22-year-old brother, who requested anonymity to share their experiences as minors, are among at least 14 former students who say they were victims of abuse at the now-shuttered boarding school in the shadow of the Andes.
Vulnerable to the extreme, the deaf students tended to come from poor families that fervently believed in the sanctity of the church. Prosecutors say the children were fondled, raped, sometimes tied up and, in one instance, forced to wear a diaper to hide the bleeding. All the while, their limited ability to communicate complicated their ability to tell others what was happening to them. Students at the school were smacked if they used sign language. One of the few hand gestures used by the priests, victims say, was an index figure to lips — a demand for silence.
“They were the perfect victims,” said Gustavo Stroppiana, the chief prosecutor in the case.
And yet they may not have been the first. Corradi, now 83 and under house arrest, is also under investigation for sexual crimes at a sister school in Argentina where he worked from 1970 to 1994. And alumni of a related school in Italy, where Corradi served earlier, identified him as being among a number of priests who carried out systematic abuse over five decades. The schools were all founded and staffed by priests from the Company of Mary for the Education of the Deaf, a small Catholic congregation that answers to the Vatican.
The Italian victims’ efforts to sound the alarm to church authorities began in 2008 and included mailing a list of accused priests to Francis in 2014 and physically handing him the list in 2015.
It was not the church, however, but Argentine law enforcement that cut off Corradi’s access to children when it shut down the Provolo school in Lujan. Argentine prosecutors say the church has not fully cooperated with their investigation.
As Francis prepares to host a historic bishops’ summit this week to address clerical sexual abuse, the lapses in the case — affecting the pope’s home country of Argentina and the home country of the Roman Catholic Church — illustrate the still-present failures of the church to fix a system that has allowed priests to continue to abuse children long after they were first accused.
Corradi’s lawyer declined multiple interview requests for this article and did not respond to emails seeking to speak with the priest. Attempts to reach Corradi through his family were unsuccessful. The Vatican declined to comment on a detailed list of questions.
But Anne Barrett Doyle, co-director of the abuse-tracking site BishopAccountability.org, said the Provolo case “is truly emblematic.”
“The church failed them abysmally. The pope ignored them, the police responded,” she said. “It’s a clear example of the tragedy that keeps playing out.”
Local church authorities are skeptical
As in Argentina, deaf students from the Provolo schools in Verona, Italy, kept their experiences of sexual abuse to themselves for years. But after they started opening up, they worked from bottom to top to inform the Catholic church, according to letters and other documents.
They wrote to the local bishop in 2008. Soon after, they provided a list of accused priests and religious figures to the local diocese. By 2011, a list of names was with the Vatican. By 2015, a list was in the hands of the pope.
The rumblings started with Dario Laiti, a former student who came forward in 2006 after noticing a new children’s facility in the town and worrying that abuse might be happening there, as well.
“I was the first,” said Laiti, who for years had made excuses when his wife asked why he hadn’t wanted children.
Soon, more than a dozen other former students were telling their stories, using an improvised mix of sign language and limited speech. Their accounts ranged in time between the 1950s and 1980s. As adults, they had become woodcutters, delivery men, factory workers. Some were unemployed. Few had sustained relationships. One of their schoolmates had committed suicide.
One student, Alda Franchetto, said she had tried to confide in her parents years earlier — running away from the school as a 13-year-old in a burst of euphoria and explaining to them what was happening to her there. Her parents, she said, didn’t believe her and returned her to the institute.
“They said, ‘You need this to learn how to speak and write,’ ” Franchetto said.
By the time the adult former students started reporting their abuse, it was too late to press criminal charges. But it was not too late for accountability through the church. They wrote to the local bishop in 2008, informing him of their claims. Soon after, at the request of a journalist from the Italian news magazine L’Espresso, 15 former students took another step: writing sworn statements describing sodomization, forced masturbation and other forms of abuse. The statements named 24 priests and other faculty members, including Corradi. The student association said dozens of others had experienced abuse but did not want to come forward publicly.
The bishop, Giuseppe Zenti, was dismissive. In a news conference, he called the allegations “a hoax, a lie, and nothing more,” and he noted the association for former students was involved in a property dispute with the Provolo Institute. The former students filed defamation charges against Zenti and included their statements as part of the lawsuit — essentially handing the names of the accused priests to the diocese.
The case caught the notice of the Vatican, which in 2010 asked Zenti to look more deeply into the claims, according to church letters. The local diocese brought in a retired judge, Mario Sannite, to investigate.
“That’s how I found myself in the middle of this story,” Sannite said.
Sannite became the on-the-ground representative of the Holy See, asked to relay his findings — and his analysis — to the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. In December 2010 and January 2011, Sannite interviewed 17 former students from Provolo, with the help of a sign-language interpreter. He said the accounts were harrowing, and he later wrote that there was no reason to doubt the “majority” of the accusations. In the report sent to the Vatican, though, Sannite wrote that he had doubts about one former student, the only one who happened to name Corradi as an abuser — even though some of the others interviewed had overlapped with Corradi’s time at the school.
Gianni Bisoli, a then-62-year-old ski instructor, accused 30 religious figures and other Provolo faculty members of abusing him — a number far beyond the others. And his allegations were particularly explosive; one of those he accused was Giuseppe Carraro, the bishop of Verona in the 1960s and 1970s, who after his death was on the path to canonization.
“Bisoli’s statements were likely deemed quite dangerous,” said Paolo Tacchi Venturi, a lawyer who at the time was representing the victims.
With the help of a sign-language interpreter and Tacchi Venturi, Bisoli spoke with Sannite for 12 hours, over the course of three days, according to records. Others who were in the room told The Post that Bisoli described the abuse in detail.
In interviews with The Post, Bisoli recounted that he was abused by Corradi several times, including once when he had been corralled along with two other children into a bathroom reserved for priests. In that instance, Bisoli said, he was ordered against a wall by Corradi and two other religious figures. Bisoli remembered Corradi sodomizing him with his finger.
Sannite assessed that Bisoli was certainly a victim of abuse. But in the report he wrote, which was sent through Verona’s diocese to the Vatican, the former judge said it was implausible that Bisoli could have been abused by so many — that the institute he described was akin to an “infernal circle.” Sannite noted that some of Bisoli’s dates did not match, and some of the accused did not appear to be at the institute in the years Bisoli described. Sannite also offered another theory: that Bisoli “repackaged his overflowing allegations by drawing from the collection of his own experiences as a homosexual” adult.
In an interview at his home last month, Sannite read from the report, though he did not share a copy with The Post. When asked why a gay man might be less likely to accurately describe abuse, Sannite said, “It’s not as if I can say there are differences.” Then he asked why he was being asked such a question. Later, Sannite wrote in an email that he did not mean to draw a connection between Bisoli’s credibility and his sexuality.
Bisoli, in an interview, said it was “offensive” and a “provocation” that anybody’s sexuality in adulthood might figure into an assessment.
Following church guidelines, Zenti wrote a letter to accompany the report to the Vatican, according to the Diocese of Verona, which declined to share it with The Post. But Zenti remained skeptical about the claims and said in 2017 testimony — conducted as part of a separate lawsuit — that even a word like sodomization would be “hard to convey for a deaf-mute.” The bishop also reported hearing a theory that the Veronese victims were behind the claims in Argentina, as well, perhaps as a way to “gain possession of the nice properties of the institute in those places.”
Based on the investigation in Verona, the Vatican punished only one priest, Eligio Piccoli, who was ordered to a life of prayer and penance away from minors. Three other priests were given admonitions — essentially warnings that the Vatican was watching future behavior.
A church official in Verona said the allegations against Corradi were not looked at closely in large part because of the assessment about Bisoli. “We acted on the broad premise that Bisoli wasn’t deemed reliable,” Monsignor Giampietro Mazzoni said. “In this case, perhaps, making a mistake — since we didn’t know then what would later happen in Argentina.”
One of the other former students who Bisoli said was in the priests-only bathroom, Maurizio Grotto, has offered conflicting accounts of what happened. He told Sannite he was not abused by Corradi and said in an interview with The Post that he was. Another former Provolo student, Franchetto, said in an interview that she was molested by Corradi but had tried for years, “as a measure of self-defense,” to forget his face. She did not tell the Vatican investigator about her experiences. The president of the association representing the Italian victims, Giorgio Dalla Bernardina, said he knows of other Corradi victims who have been unwilling to speak publicly.
Lawyers involved in the case and experts on clerical abuse say the church failed to examine whether the pattern of abuse in Italy was playing out at the overseas Provolo locations where Italian priests had been sent. Some dioceses in the United States report abuse accusations to law enforcement no matter what — even if the accused priest is deceased or if the statute of limitations has expired — and suspend priests from ministry as accusations are being investigated. The Diocese of Verona said it did not contact law enforcement.
Tacchi Venturi, the lawyer who had represented the victims during the hearing, said the Vatican made one other error — a “logic contradiction” — by acknowledging that Bisoli was abused but not looking into who might have abused him.
“If you say he suffered abuses, and you believe he was a victim, and he says he was abused by people, then you hear them all,” Tacchi Venturi said, noting that the task was easier because only some of the accused were still alive. “You go on and interrogate all of them.”
Pope Francis asks the victims to pray for him
The Italian victims believed that if anybody could better handle abuse cases, it was Francis, who was selected as leader of the church in 2013 — two years after the Verona inquiry — and who announced the creation of a new commission on child protection. The former Provolo students wrote to Francis in late 2013, giving a broad timeline of their case. They said they didn’t hear anything back. In 2014, according to postal receipts, they tried again, with more direct language — mailing to the pontiff’s Vatican address a list of the 14 alleged abusers they felt had gone largely unpunished. They received no response from Francis or others in the Vatican.
So, in October 2015, 20 people from Verona — most of them victims of abuse — boarded a train to Rome. They had no certainty of meeting the pope, but they targeted a day the Vatican was recognizing people with disabilities. And indeed, after Francis held Mass at St. Peter’s Square, a Vatican official invited two of the people from Verona to a small event with the pontiff. Paola Lodi Rizzini and Giuseppe Consiglio took their place near the stage of Paul VI Audience Hall holding a letter — later reviewed by The Post — listing the same 14 names.
Consiglio, now 29, was the youngest of the victims from Verona. He’d attended school in the late 1990s, and he had come forward in 2012 — after the Vatican’s investigation. But he was upset with the Vatican’s response. He said he wanted the Vatican to “open its eyes” and “close the schools.” He told The Post that his own childhood had unraveled because of abuse. He said he was raped hundreds of times by a priest who was “rough” but careful not to get Consiglio’s blood on his cassock. Consiglio tried to jump out a school window when he was 12 but was stopped by a nun. He was treated with antipsychotics. Into his adulthood, he lived at home, with few friends. He was so terrified of being locked into rooms that he hoarded his family’s keys.
Then, inside the Vatican, he was eye to eye with Francis.
Lodi Rizzini recalls speaking first and telling the pontiff they were there representing a victims’ group from Verona.
“I said, ‘Giuseppe is a victim of sexual abuse, and he has a letter from all victims,’ ” Lodi Rizzini said.
Consiglio handed Francis the envelope. A Vatican photographer documented the moment.
The letter inside appealed to the pontiff by saying the church’s behavior in their case was “absolutely not aligned with the zero tolerance of Pope Francis.” It said the church had let priests and other religious figures who had abused them go on to live “normal lives.”
Then a paragraph listed 14 priests and lay brothers that the victims believed were still alive. The list included Consiglio’s own alleged abuser, a handful of figures who had not been punished in Italy and four said to be in Argentina — including Corradi.
Lodi Rizzini and Consiglio remember Francis receiving the letter and handing it off to a deputy without opening it. Photos show Francis blessing both Lodi Rizzini and Consiglio by touching them on the head. Both of them remember Francis, before walking away, saying, “Pray for me.”
People involved in the case say the former students’ plea did not appear to prompt the church to take a closer look at any of the named priests.
Four months later, in February 2016, a letter arrived in Verona from one of Francis’s close lieutenants, then-Bishop Angelo Becciu, who held a key position in the Secretariat of State. Becciu wrote that His Holiness “welcomed with lively participation what you wanted to confide in Him.”
“He wishes to remind you,” the letter continued, “of what the Holy See has done and keeps on doing with unwavering commitment on clerical sexual abuses, operating in support of the victims’ tragedies and to prevent the sad phenomenon.”
Law enforcement responds
In the early 1960s, the Provolo Institute in Verona dismissed one priest and another faculty member for “moral inadequacy,” church officials say. But there is no evidence, according to church records, that the Company of Mary knew of the allegations against Corradi when it transferred him from Italy to Argentina in 1970. Even if something had been known, “I doubt there would have been an explicit mention in the archive,” said Mazzoni, the chief judicial figure in the Diocese of Verona.
In Argentina, Corradi initially taught at a Provolo Institute for the Deaf in La Plata, a provincial city an hour’s drive from the belle époque buildings of Buenos Aires. Following the disclosures of widespread abuse in Lujan de Cuyo in 2016, La Plata authorities launched an investigation that has uncovered allegations of sexual abuse and mistreatment, dating back to the 1980s, against at least five men who worked at the school, including Corradi and another Italian cleric.
The other Italian — Elisio Pirmati — was also named by Verona students in the letters sent to the pope. Maria Corfield, the prosecutor in the La Plata case, said Pirmati has returned to Italy and is living in retirement at the Verona Provolo — which is no longer active as an institute for the deaf but rents space to another school. Efforts by The Post to contact him were unsuccessful.
Thus far, Corradi has been accused of sexual abuse by two alumni of the school in La Plata. Prosecutors received a report of another alleged Corradi victim who killed himself as an adult. While in total 10 alleged victims from the La Plata school have come forward, Corfield said she has spoken to other apparent victims who have resisted getting involved.
“They say they have families now and don’t want to explain,” she said.
Lisandro Borelli, now 40, entered the La Plata Provolo as a student in 1989 after becoming clinically deaf due to severe beatings from his parents. In an interview, he recalled Corradi placing him on his knee and fondling his genitals during lessons when the priest would also insert fingers into his mouth to try to teach him how to pronounce words.
Once, he said, he was punished at the school by being locked in a cage for two days without food. In a separate incident, he said he was thrown down a staircase in an act of intimidation after catching a priest at the school raping his roommate.
“When we found out this started in Italy, we were surprised,” Borelli said in sign language. “Now I think about it and say, was this happening at other Provolo institutes?”
In 1994, Corradi’s religious congregation sent him to set up a new Provolo Institute in western Argentina. The school — a sprawling brick compound surrounded by high walls that served as both a boarding and day school for dozens of deaf children — opened in 1998, with Corradi as spiritual director.
In the fluorescent-lit halls lined with polished tiles, Corradi first lured one boy to his room when he was around 7 years old, according to the alleged victim, who today is a shy and delicate 22-year-old. In an interview with The Post, the man recalled his confusion as Corradi undressed him, followed by the searing pain of rape. Afterward, Corradi gave him a toy — a small blue pickup truck. “I couldn’t look him in the eye,” the man said, using sign language. “It scared me. It disgusted me.”
He said he was raped regularly for the next five years. He recalled that during the ordeals, he would stare at a statue of the Virgin Mary holding the baby Jesus not far from Corradi’s bed. He said he could see Corradi speaking words he could not hear or understand.
The school did not teach sign language — instead embracing a methodology that sought to teach deaf children to read and speak like the hearing. That system, prosecutors say, was also ideal for hiding abuse. Abused pupils say they learned sign language in secret from older students, but even that was of little help.
The 22-year-old man and his sister — the 24-year-old who wanted Francis to come to Argentina and see what happened there, and who said she was raped as a child by another Provolo employee — came from a poor family whose parents had limited knowledge of sign language.
“We didn’t want to go to school, but our parents were convinced it was the best for us,” said the sister. “So we were mistreated at home. We were hit because our parents just thought we didn’t want to go to school.”
Prosecutors say that as spiritual director of the school, Corradi not only took part in abuses, but facilitated access to children for other sexual predators working at the school.
Prosecutors and victims allege that under Corradi’s direction, a Japanese nun, Kosaka Kumiko, would groom the most docile children. She would touch them, and have them touch themselves and each other. Kumiko has maintained her innocence in court.
Also among the alleged abusers in Lujan is a deaf and mentally challenged man, now in his 40s, who prosecutors say had been abandoned as a child at the Provolo Institute in La Plata. They say the man told other victims he had been abused by Corradi there. And when Corradi made him a gardener at the new Provolo school in Lujan, the man is alleged to have begun to abuse other children.
The worst cases of abuse documented by prosecutors at Lujan occurred between 2004 and 2009. During those years, Francis served as Cardinal Bergoglio in Buenos Aires, a diocese some 700 miles southeast of Lujan de Cuyo, and would not have been accountable for actions at the school. However, the allegations in Argentina of abuse and corruption of minors stretch beyond when the church was warned and well after the Italian victims sought to alert Francis directly in 2013. The most recent incident involving Corradi is alleged to have involved the distribution of pornography to children in 2013. Other suspects also allegedly touched students inappropriately in 2015 and 2016.
The church’s inaction allowed the alleged abusers to remain in daily contact with children — until a distraught former student went to Argentine authorities.
The rail-thin 27-year-old, who, like other victims, spoke on the condition of anonymity, said she had been raped by an Argentine priest who served under Corradi. In an interview, she said that for years she considered killing herself — even writing a suicide note to her parents before standing on a bluff by a river and weighing whether to jump.
“I felt like water, as if I was nothing,” she said in sign language in her lawyer’s office in Mendoza, Argentina. “I wanted to kill myself, but I had to keep living with it, every year.”
A friend, she said, convinced her that what she and other victims really needed was justice. So, in November 2016, she walked into a state center for people with disabilities and requested a sign-language interpreter. They would later go together to the state parliament, where, on Nov. 24, 2016, they met with a state senator who sounded the alarm.
Rapidly acting on her testimony, prosecutors raided the school two days later — finding pornography and letters that implicated one of Corradi’s associates, Father Horacio Corbacho, a 58-year-old Argentine priest. In court filings, one sexually suggestive letter, apparently written by someone familiar with the abuse, asks Corbacho “how much more silence can you ask of a deaf mute?
Jorge Bordon, Corradi’s 62-year-old driver, last year pleaded guilty to 11 counts of abuse. His confession effectively implicated some of the other defendants, though Corbacho, Kumiko and others have denied the accusations. Corradi — under house arrest at an undisclosed location in Argentina and facing six counts of aggravated abuse — has yet to enter a plea.
The Rev. Alberto Germán Bochatey, a bishop appointed by the pope to oversee the Provolo schools in the aftermath of the scandal, said Corradi believes himself to be innocent.
“He feels destroyed,” said Bochatey, who last met with Corradi two months ago. “He built that school.”
After Argentine authorities shut down the Lujan school in November 2016, the Vatican appointed two priests to conduct an internal investigation that is still ongoing. Prosecutors say church officials in Argentina have declined their request to share the findings.
Bochatey, who is not involved in the investigation, denied a lack of church cooperation. He said he received a request for the report and replied in a letter to prosecutors that it needed to be submitted directly to the Vatican. He said he did not forward the request. Stroppiana, the prosecutor, said he has no recollection of receiving a response from Bochatey or any other church authorities.
Bochatey blamed prosecutors and victims’ lawyers for overstating the scope of the allegations. He suggested Freemasons — members of a fraternal order known for secret rituals and community service that the Catholic Church has long viewed as antagonists — were somehow behind the accusations, although he acknowledged the church had no “proof.”
“We think the Masonic order was behind it,” he said. “We cannot understand why [the accusations] are so direct and intense. They try to build a big case that [it was a] house of horrors, 40 or 50 cases, but there are little more than 10.”
He added, “I spoke with many parents who said their kids were happy. They didn’t want their school to close.” He continued, “I think something happened, but not the way they’re trying to show.”
He defended the school’s approach to teaching the deaf, saying the point was for them to read and speak. Perhaps some teachers had been too strict, he said.
“Maybe sometimes a teacher did wrong,” he said.
The church, he said, has not only been forced to close the school in Lujan but also sell the land it sits on.
“We’re paying expensively for our mistake,” he said.
Harlan and Pitrelli reported from Verona, Italy. Rachelle Krygier in Caracas, Venezuela, and Natalio Cosoy, in Buenos Aires, contributed to this report.
ROME—“Giuseppe” was born to impoverished parents outside of Verona in
northern Italy with a congenital birth defect that left him deaf and
mute. When it became clear that his parents could not provide for
him—much less communicate with him—they brought him to the local
Catholic church, which enrolled him in their Antonio Provolo Institute
for deaf and mute children. It was here he learned to communicate
through standard sign language and other visual cues. It was also where
he became one of scores of victims of the priests and religious brothers who ran the school.
When he was 11, a monk who worked at the institute as an educator started teaching “special secret signs” for things like masturbation, fellatio, penis, and anus. “I didn’t understand at first just why this man was teaching me these strange secret signs,” Giuseppe explained in an exclusive, and very emotional, interview in Rome. “Then one day it became very clear when one of the priests made the secret sign for fellatio when we were alone, which was followed by him pushing his erect penis into my mouth.”
From that point on, Giuseppe said through his interpreter—often using fast and somewhat violent sign language as tears ran down his face—priests and the brothers would give a sign to the young boys and then take them to special rooms Giuseppe says were used for “time out” punishments or as resting areas. He said that because everyone was deaf at the school except those who worked there, no one could hear the screams and cries of the young boys when the abuse took place. Giuseppe said that on several occasions he and others tried to write down what was happening, but because their letters and notes were given to the priests and brothers to be mailed out, they were likely intercepted.“You would see friends with tears rolling down their faces and you knew exactly what had just happened. You didn’t need to hear to know.”— “Giuseppe,” a deaf survivor of clerical sex abuse
“Of course we screamed and cried,” he said. “Sometimes you would see priests coming into the dormitory at night, or you would see friends with tears rolling down their faces and you knew exactly what had just happened. You didn’t need to hear to know.”
against Giuseppe allegedly lasted for seven full years, until he turned
18 and left the institution. Whenever he tried to explain what was
happening to him inside the school, no one understood because the
language he had been taught to describe the sexual acts was
incomprehensible to sign-language readers. “It was so frustrating that
no one understood what we said,” Giuseppe explained, adding that even
after he left the institution and lived in another Catholic charity
house, he had a difficult time making anyone understand what had
happened. “It took a long time for us to be believed.”
Giuseppe is one of 67 young boys who have been named in court documents and were allegedly abused by more than two dozen priests and brothers at the Provolo Institute, according to Verona prosecutors who have been investigating the allegations for nearly a decade and who plan to bring it to trial later this year.
One of the most notorious alleged
offenders was Father Nicola Corradi, now 83, who was moved to South
America in the mid-1980s after Giuseppe and others’ abuse claims came to
light. Rather than handing him over to secular authorities or asking
the mother church in Rome to defrock him, the bishop transferred him to
the Provolo Institute in Mendoza, Argentina. Several other priests
accused of abuse in Verona were also transferred to the sister school in
Argentina, but have since passed away.
Argentina, court documents there would later allege that Corradi was
soon up to his usual practices 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
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. “They can’t undo these terrible things.”— “Giuseppe”
That letter was never answered by Francis, but Añazco did receive proof of receipt. She is lobbying a court in Argentina to open a civil suit against the pope for overlooking complaints when he was the head of the archdiocese. The watchdog website Bishop Accountability outlines five cases that Pope Francis overlooked as cardinal. One concerns Father Julio Cesar Grassi.
Earlier this month, the Associated Press uncovered a secret 2,000-page forensic study commissioned by Bergoglio in 2010 to study whether Grassi, a priest who worked at the Provolo Institute and founded a home for street children he is alleged to have abused, and who already had been convicted in secular courts and sentenced to 15 years in prison, was truly guilty. The report concluded that he was not and that the case did not merit a criminal trial. An appellate court upheld the conviction against the priest, but he has not been defrocked.
Argentina probes sex abuse at deaf school, what Vatican knew
LUJAN DE CUYO, Argentina – Children told prosecutors that two Roman
Catholic priests repeatedly raped them by an image of the Virgin Mary
inside the small school chapel in remote northwestern Argentina. Only
their tormenters would have heard their cries, because the other
children at the school were deaf.
The clerical sex abuse scandal unfolding at the Antonio Provolo
Institute for hearing-impaired children in Mendoza province would be
shocking enough on its own. Yet dozens of students in the Provolo
Institute’s school in Italy were similarly abused for decades, some of
whom allegedly by the same priest who now stands formally charged of
raping and molesting young deaf Argentines.
And the Vatican knew about Father Nicola Corradi since at least 2009,
when the Italian Provolo students went public with tales of shocking
abuse against the most vulnerable of children and named names.
While the Vatican ordered an investigation and sanctioned four
accused priests, Corradi apparently never was sanctioned for his alleged
crimes in Italy.
The Verona diocese apologized to the Italian students in 2012. After
the students again named Corradi as an abuser living in Francis’s native
Argentina in a 2014 letter to the pope and the Verona bishop, the
Vatican still took no action. Though this year a Vatican official said
Pope Francis wanted to assure the victims that the church was taking
measures to protect children and prevent sexual abuse.
But at least 24 students of the Provolo institute in Argentina have
now come forward seeking justice for the abuse they say they suffered at
the hands of Corradi, 82, another priest, Father Horacio Corbacho, 55,
and three other men. The five were arrested in late November by police
who raided the school in Argentina’s Mendoza province and found
magazines featuring naked women and about $34,000 in Corradi’s room.
All the suspects are being held at a jail in Mendoza and have not
spoken publicly since their arrest. Corradi’s attorney, Pablo Kletzl, on
Friday declined to comment on the case.
Victims and prosecutors say the anal and vaginal rapes, fondling and oral sex allegedly committed by the priests took place in the bathrooms, dorms, garden and a basement at the school in Lujan de Cuyo, a city about 620 miles (1,000 kilometers) northwest of Buenos Aires.
The school has “a little chapel with an image of the Virgin and some chairs where the kids would get confession and receive the communion. That’s where some of the acts were happening,” former lead prosecutor Fabrizio Sidoti told The Associated Press of the stories he heard from the alleged victims after the scandal broke.
Children from other regions of Argentina who lived at the dorms were said to be especially vulnerable and targeted often. The tales they have told are harrowing: One of the alleged victims told AP she witnessed how a girl was raped by one priest while the other one forced her to give him oral sex.
Argentine courts said the alleged victims in the case in that country
could not be publicly identified and AP does not identify people who
may have been sexually assaulted unless they voluntarily identify
“They always said it was a game: ‘Let’s go play, let’s go play’ and
they would take us to the girls’ bathroom,” said one of the women who
claims that she was abused at the school in Argentina.
The prosecutor is expecting more than 20 other people to provide testimony and more people claiming abuse to come forward.
Pope Francis has not spoken publicly about the case, and the Vatican declined to comment on Corradi’s arrest.
Advocates of sex abuse victims by priests question how Francis could
have been unaware of Corradi’s alleged misdeeds, given he was publicly
named by the Italian victims starting in 2009 and most recently in 2014.
“No other pope has spoken as passionately about the evil of child sex
abuse as Francis. No other pope has invoked ‘zero tolerance’ as often.
No other pope has promised accountability of church superiors,” said
Anne Barrett Doyle, co-director of BishopAccountability, an online
resource about clerical abuse.
“In light of the crimes against the helpless children in Mendoza, the pope’s assurances seem empty indeed.”
On Dec. 11, the pope appeared in a video using sign language to wish
deaf people worldwide a Merry Christmas – a gesture that fell
particularly flat in Argentina as Catholics struggle with the enormity
of the Provolo scandal.
“Either he lives outside of reality or this is enormously cynical …
it’s a mockery,” said Carlos Lombardi, an attorney who specializes in
The Provolo case first exploded in Italy in 2009, when the Italian
victims went public with stories of abuse after what they said were
three useless years of negotiations with the diocese of Verona, where
the institute has its Italian headquarters.
The 67 victims alleged sexual abuse, pedophilia and corporal punishment at the hands of priests, brothers and lay religious from the 1950s to the 1980s. At the time, 14 of the victims wrote sworn statements and videotaped their testimony detailing the abuse they suffered. They named 24 priests, lay religious and religious brothers in a list that was published online.
Corradi was one of those included in the list, which specified he was in Argentina at that time.
In 2010, the Vatican ordered the Verona diocese to investigate the claims. One of the victims identified Corradi.
The investigation results were sent to the Vatican. In a Nov. 24,
2012 letter, the Verona diocese wrote to the Provolo victims with the
results of the Vatican-ordered inquiry and apologized.
A copy of the letter provided to the AP listed only five priests accused, four of them sanctioned with a fifth excused because of his age and Alzheimer’s. Some of the original 24 accused had already died, others had left the congregation. For those sanctioned, the Vatican ordered punishments including living a life of prayer and penance and being placed under surveillance away from children.
Corradi wasn’t among the five. But the Provolo victims didn’t stop pushing for investigation of other priests.
On Dec. 31, 2013, they wrote to the pope asking him to institute an independent commission of inquiry to investigate the charges of clerical sex abuse in Italy.
On Oct. 20, 2014, they wrote Francis and the Verona bishop naming 14 priests and lay religious from the institute who were still alive and in ministry who allegedly had sexually abused them. They named Corradi, and noted that he and three others were in Argentina.
“We must point out that the behavior of the church is not in the least bit in line with the ‘zero tolerance’ stance of Pope Francis,” they wrote, listing the 14 priests and their current locations.
“Such behavior makes us think that the church has no interest in the suffering provoked by priests who sexually abused deaf children, priests who continue to live their lives normally, priests who never apologized to victims, priests who never asked forgiveness and for whom the church itself attempts to let the time pass in hopes that everything is forgotten.”
No response was immediately received.
More than two years later, the Vatican’s No. 3 official,
Archbishop Angelo Becciu, acknowledged receipt of the letters. In a Feb.
5, 2016, response, he said that as far as the Provolo victims’ request
for a commission of inquiry was concerned, he had forwarded the proposal
to the Italian Bishops’ Conference.
Becciu said in that letter that the pope wanted to assure the Provolo
victims that the church was taking measures to protect children and
prevent sexual abuse.
The Italian Bishops’ Conference didn’t respond to an email seeking comment on whether such a commission was under consideration.
“I’m convinced that some hierarchy covered this up. They sent the
wolf to take care of the sheep,” said Alejandro Gulle, the chief
prosecutor in Mendoza.
The Mendoza Archbishopric says it was unaware of the accusations
against Corradi. “A religious man comes to a diocese and you trust the
legitimate superior,” spokesman Marcelo De Benedectis said.
He said that allegations aired by the case have prompted the Mendoza
diocese to take measures such as demanding a sworn statement from
priests stating that they don’t have a history of violating canon or
The Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has been informed about the Mendoza accusations, he added.
Viviana Avila, who teaches at the school, told the AP that among the
professors “none of us suspected anything,” nor received any complaints
from the students. She said the teachers finished classes at midday and
never came near the dorms.
Unlike the Verona case, the alleged crimes in Mendoza have not
expired due to the statute of limitations and could lead to up to
50-year jail sentences for a conviction.
A prosecutor is also probing accusations by a man who says he was
abused at the Provolo Institute in the city of La Plata when Corradi
first arrived in Argentina in the 1980s.
“We want justice to be served. We might be able to get long
sentences. I hope they’re the maximum,” said Gulle, the Mendoza
prosecutor. “But we’ll never compensate the spiritual damage suffered by
Bergoglio Implicated In the Sexual Abuse Of Deaf Orphans In Argentina
As a Cardinal in Argentina Pope Francis was told that priests were raping deaf children but did nothing to stop the sexual abuse and punish the abusers.
In a sordid report from the Daily Beast comes a tragic tale of the systematic rape and sexual abuse of deaf orphans by Catholic priests and monks, a story that begins in Italy and ends in Argentina, where the future Pope Francis was then known as Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio.
The story explains how deaf children were groomed for sexual abuse, noting:
The priests and monks created their own sick sign language to command the deaf and mute boys to perform oral sex and be sodomized.
The details of the story are sickening, and begin in Italy, with a boy named “Giuseppe,” who “was born to impoverished parents outside of Verona in northern Italy with a congenital birth defect that left him deaf and mute.” The deaf boy was eventually enrolled at the Antonio Provolo Institute for deaf and mute children.
The Daily Beast reports: When he was 11, a monk who worked at the institute as an educator started teaching “special secret signs” for things like masturbation, fellatio, penis, and anus. “I didn’t understand at first just why this man was teaching me these strange secret signs,”
Giuseppe explained in an exclusive, and very emotional, interview in Rome. “Then one day it became very clear when one of the priests made the secret sign for fellatio when we were alone, which was followed by him pushing his erect penis into my mouth.” Giuseppe reports: Of course we screamed and cried. Sometimes you would see priests coming into the dormitory at night, or you would see friends with tears rolling down their faces and you knew exactly what had just happened. You didn’t need to hear to know.
Eventually Giuseppe grew up and escaped the abuse, and made it his mission to report it. He is now “one of 67 young boys who have been named in court documents and were allegedly abused by more than two dozen priests and brothers at the Provolo Institute.”
After the abuse claims of Giuseppe and others became public, the offending priests and monks were quietly shipped off to Argentina.
This is standard practice for the Catholic church, and has been for decades. When a priest is caught raping and sexually assaulting children, he is quietly moved to a new location, where the pattern resumes. The offending priests from Italy were shipped to another school for the deaf run by Catholics, only this school was in Argentina, where Pope Francis was serving as Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio.
The Daily Beast reports: One of the most notorious alleged offenders was Father Nicola Corradi, now 83, who was moved to South America in the mid-1980s after Giuseppe and others’ abuse claims came to light. Rather than handing him over to secular authorities or asking the mother church in Rome to defrock him, the bishop transferred him to the Provolo Institute in Mendoza, Argentina. Several other priests accused of abuse in Verona were also transferred to the sister school in Argentina, but have since passed away.
At the Provolo Institute in Mendoza, Argentina, under the direction of Father Nicola Corradi, the abuse of deaf children continued.
Corradi “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.”
As for the abuse in Argentina, The Daily Beast notes: Julieta Añazco was one of those victims at the [Argentinian] 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. In other words, Pope Francis knew about the sexual abuse, but did nothing to prosecute the criminals. He simply transferred the child raping priests to a new location.
According to the report, victims from the Provolo Institute repeatedly asked for a meeting with the then Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, now Pope Francis. However, Bergoglio refused to meet with the victims. In 2013 Añazco and other victims from the Provolo Institute sent a registered letter of protest to Pope Francis, reminding him that he had ignored the reports of abuse. Pope Francis has not replied. Father Giménez is still an active priest.
Nun arrested for allegedly abusing deaf children in Argentina
A Roman Catholic nun from Japan has been arrested and charged on suspicion of helping priests sexually abuse children at a school for youths with hearing disabilities in Argentina, authorities said.
Kosaka Kumiko was also charged with physically abusing the students at the Antonio Provolo Institute for children with hearing impairment in northwestern Mendoza province.
Local media showed the 42-year-old nun in handcuffs and wearing her
habit and a bullet-proof vest as she was escorted by police to a court
hearing. Kumiko, who was born in Japan but has Argentine citizenship,
denied any wrongdoing during the eight-hour hearing late Thursday.
Authorities say that Kumiko lived at the Provolo Institute from
2004-2012. She had been on the run for about a month before she turned
herself in this week.
The case against the nun was launched after a former student accused
of making her wear a diaper to cover up a hemorrhage after she was
allegedly raped by priest Horacio Corbacho.
Corbacho, fellow priest Nicola Corradi and three other men were
arrested last year after they were charged with sexually abusing at
least two dozen students at the Provolo Institute. They are being held
at a jail in Mendoza and have not spoken publicly since the arrest. If
found guilty, the accused face 10 to 50 years in prison.
Corradi had earlier been accused in Italy of abusing students at the
Provolo Institute in Verona, a notorious school for the deaf where
hundreds of children are believed to have been sexually assaulted over
the years by two dozen priests and religious brothers.
Advocates for clerical sex abuse have expressed anger that Corradi
wasn’t sanctioned by the Vatican and allegedly went on to abuse children
in Pope Francis’ native Argentina.
Victims and prosecutors say the anal and vaginal rapes, fondling and
oral sex allegedly committed by the priests took place in the bathrooms,
dorms, garden and a basement at the school in Lujan de Cuyo, a city
about 620 miles (1,000 kilometers) northwest of Buenos Aires.
A Vatican investigative commission recently visited Mendoza to learn more about the case against the priests.
PRIESTS STAND TRIAL IN ARGENTINA FOR SEXUALLY ABUSING DEAF AND MUTE CHILDREN
In a case known to Pope Francis since he was archbishop of Buenos Aires, priests who worked at a former institute for deaf and hearing-impaired children are being tried in Argentina for the sexual abuse of impaired children.
The first trial in a series of trials that will involve both priests, nuns and staff began Monday for the sexual abuse of former students at the Antonio Próvolo Institute for Deaf and Hearing Impaired Children in Mendoza, Argentina.
Cdl. Jorge Bergoglio, then-bishop of Buenos Aires, definitely knew about the sexual abuse at the institute.
Father Nicola Corradi, Fr. Horacio Corbacho and Armando Gómez have been
accused of sexually abusing deaf and hearing-impaired children from 2004 to
2016. Corradi pleaded not guilty, while Corbacho and Gómez have yet to enter
Former directors, employees and two nuns will also be tried for
allegedly participating in the abuse or having knowledge of it without taking
Depending on the individual offenses, the defendants face up to 20–50
Monday’s trial lasted about two hours. The charges included the corruption of minors, sexual touching and rape.
Pope Francis’ Inaction
One victim insisted that, before becoming pope, Cdl. Jorge Bergoglio,
then-archbishop of Buenos Aires, definitely knew about the sexual abuse at the
institute. She said that the victims who came forward tried to meet the
cardinal more than once — to no avail.
The Vatican did investigate the Próvolo Institute in 2010, acknowledging in 2012 that the abuses did occur; however, aside from a few light sanctions, the Vatican has said or done nothing further to date.
Another victim said that victims wrote several letters to the Vatican
in 2013 and 2014. Not having received a response, some of those victims went to
Rome to meet with Pope Francis and hand-delivered a letter to him.
In that meeting, the Pope asked for forgiveness for what happened and
requested the victims pray for him. He did “nothing else,” according
to that victim.
Yet another victim, who was also present at that meeting with the Pope,
confirmed the testimony, saying that Pope Francis said, “Forgive me”
and then said a prayer.
In the face of inaction ― first as a cardinal and now as the pope ―
some of these pedophile priests are being housed as guests in Vatican
accommodations or freely roaming the streets.
Father Eligio Piccoli, a priest who once worked at the Próvolo Institute’s main location in Verona, Italy, was resting in a Vatican accommodation in Negrar, near Verona, where a reporter approached him with some questions.
“Those things that the Association of the deaf is telling, are they true?” asked the reporter.
“Something is true, there is a lot of truth, but because they are
corrupt,” Piccoli began to answer.
“Who?” asked the reporter.
“The deaf-mute are all corrupt and have interests to
protect,” answered Piccoli.
“But are these stories true?” asked the reporter.
“Yes, they’re true,” said Piccoli.
Piccoli then talked about how most of the priests had engaged in these
activities with the impaired children, including himself.
He spoke of a “cuddly” child who came into his room from the cold one day. According to Piccoli, the child exposed himself and the pedophile priest lost his head, performing some sexual act with the child.
The reporter then asked, “Anyway, was what happened in that room
“No, it depends … because males with males was a joke, those are
jokes. However, if with a woman, it becomes more dangerous,” said Piccoli.
“What is sin? It’s having fun with the evil, being pleased with the evil.
But if you do something for a need, for a joke like this, come on.”
“As one has the smoking habit, one has the habit of — you feel the
urge to unload, that’s it,” concluded Piccoli.
And certainly, as pope, he could have acted years ago.
Father Eliseo Pirmati, an Italian priest who worked in both Verona and
La Plata, and who absconded to Verona in December 2017 to avoid prosecution in
Argentina, was found freely wandering the streets of Verona in June. After Mass
at Santa Teresa degli Scalzi in Verona one day, the pedophile priest was
confronted by a journalist as he walked back to the Próvolo Institute in the
The abuse at the Próvolo Institute occurred in Argentina (La Plata and
Mendoza) and Italy (Verona).
Próvolo Institute in Mendoza, Argentina
Anne Barret Doyle, co-director of Bishop Accountability, told the
Associated Press that neither the Vatican nor the Pope will likely respond.
When the Verona institute made headlines in 2009 and 2010, Cdl.
Bergoglio was president of the Argentine bishops’ conference.
“He could have ordered an investigation of the Mendoza and La
Plata schools then,” she said. “And certainly, as pope, he could have
acted years ago. He was notified by the Verona victims of Corradi’s presence in
Corradi, who stood trial on Monday, seems to have been the ringleader.
WATCH: Pope Francis Gets Caught in Gigantic Lie Regarding a Sexual Abuse Case in Argentina
Pope Francis faced accusations of covering up priestly abuse while he was the archbishop and cardinal in Buenos Aires, a 2017 French documentary reveals. A segment of the documentary, “Sex Abuse in the Church: The Code of Silence,” investigates the pope’s assertion that sexual abuse never happened in his diocese.
journalist Martin Boudot traveled to Buenos Aires to find out if the
pope was telling the truth. Contradicting the pope’s assertion, a group
of victims claimed they were sexually abused while Bergoglio [now Pope
Francis] was archbishop and told Boudot their cries for justice were
pedophile priests, in his book Pope Francis says there were no cases in
his diocese,” said Boudot, prompting derisive laughter from the group.
wants people to believe that, but it’s a lie,” said one of the victims.
They said they all tried to contact the archbishop after they were
abused, but their cries fell on deaf ears.
received all the celebrities, like Leonardo DiCaprio,” said one of the
women. “And for us, not even a quick letter to say he was sorry.”
worse, in one case, Bergoglio tried to influence the Argentinean
justice system in an effort to protect Father Julio Grassi, who
is serving the remainder of a 15-year jail sentence after being
convicted of sexually abusing teenage boys.
The Argentinian church did everything it could to get Grassi acquitted and the trial was spread over 15 years, according to Boudot. In 2010, in fact, the Argentine Episcopal Conference led by Cardinal Bergoglio ordered a counter-inquiry called “Studies on the Grassi Case.”
Boudot said the 2,800-page counter inquiry was actually “a confidential, internal Argentinian Church legal text” that accused the children of “falsification, lies, deceit and invention.” The purpose of the study was to overturn the court’s decision and get Fr. Grassi acquitted on appeal.
“So the pope did commission a counter-inquiry to try to have a priest who had been sentenced for pedophilia acquitted,” Boudot reported. What’s more, Bergoglio is said to have repeatedly sent the “study” to various judges right before Fr. Grassi’s various appeal hearings.
At the center of the counter-inquiry commissioned by Bergoglio was an orphan boy who was allegedly Grassi’s main victim. Now an adult, the man spoke about the case for the first time to Boudot anonymously because he’s still afraid of reprisals. He explained to Boudot that he received threats and people broke into his home and stole evidence he could have used in the trial. “In the end, the courts took action for my safety and placed me in the witness protection program,” he said.
never forget what Father Grassi kept repeating at his trial: ‘Bergoglio
never let go of my hand.’ Now Bergoglio is Pope Francis, but he has
never gone against Grassi’s words. So I’m certain he never let go of
Grassi’s hand!” he added.
to get an interview with the pope, Boudot and his team went to the
Vatican to see if they could hand a letter with written questions about
the Grassi case to the pope during his public audience at St. Peter’s
After managing to
hand the letter to a plainclothes Swiss Guard as the pope passed by, one
of the reporters got close enough to shout a question to the pope, who
had exited the popemobile.
“Your Holiness, in the Grassi case, did you try to influence Argentinian justice?” the woman shouted. Pope Francis glared at her and curtly replied, “no.”
“No? Then why did you commission a counter-inquiry?” she pressed.
With a wave of his hand, the pope replied, “I never did.”
Detailed Summary of Case of Rev. Julio César Grassi, Drawn from Media Coverage and Legal Documents
Grassi was a Salesian until 1991, when he became a priest of the
Morón diocese. In 1993, he founded Fundacion Felices los Niños (the
Happy Children Foundation), aimed at rescuing street children. According
to a news article, the foundation cared for 6,300 children in 17 homes
nationwide from 1993 to 2002.
On November 29, 2000, an anonymous complaint filed
in the Juvenile Court of Morón accused Grassi of corrupting minors. The
case lay dormant until 10/23/2002, when Telenoche Investiga,an
investigative news show on Argentina’s Channel 13, aired a program
alleging Grassi’s sexual abuse of five boys, ages 11 to 17. It included
an interview with a young man, his face obscured, who said that Grassi
performed oral sex on him in 1998, when he was 15. Within days, Grassi
was arrested and charged with 17 counts of abuse of three boys, who were
9, 13, and 17 when the alleged incidents occurred. Grassi denied all
In November 2002, the executive committee of the Argentine bishops’ conference issued a statement denouncing a “campaign” intended to “blur the image” of the Catholic Church and “cause society to lose its trust” in the institution. It warned against making “condemning judgments about individuals or institutions before a fair trial.” Although the statement did not refer to a specific attack, some news analysts interpreted it as the bishops’ response to public uproar about Grassi and the recently arrested Archbishop Storni. The Executive Committee was headed by Archbishop Karlic of Paraná and his first and second vice-presidents, Monsignor Miras of Rosario and Cardinal Bergoglio of Buenos Aires.
Grassi’s trial, one of the longest in Argentine
history, began on 8/20/2008 and lasted for nine months, with testimony
from 130 witnesses. On June 9, 2009, he was found guilty of two acts of
aggravated sexual assault and corruption of minors in the case of
“Gabriel.” He was acquitted of 15 other counts of abuse of “Luis” and
“Ezekiel.” He was sentenced to 15 years in prison but allowed to remain
free pending his appeal. He was prohibited from going alone to his
Foundation’s offices and children’s homes but could enter them if
accompanied by an individual whom he could designate.
On June 20, 2009, 49 priests and 50 laypeople
issued a statement opposing the court’s decision to let Grassi remain
free. They also criticized the “silence of ecclesial leaders before this
case and others.” The signers said, “We see that other bishops’
conferences like Colombia’s have spoken up in similar cases, and we do
not understand your silence, that has the appearance of ‘hushing up’ and
On September 14, 2010, the Criminal Appeals Court
of Buenos Aires province denied Grassi’s first appeal and confirmed the
15-year sentence. A few days later, the local court in Morón ruled again
that Grassi could remain free until his conviction was final. He was
prohibited only from entering the offices of the Happy Children
Foundation. Subsequent attempts by the prosecutor and victims’ attorneys
to have Grassi detained were rejected twice, in November /2010 by the
Appeal Court of Morón and in June 2011 by the Criminal Appeals Court of
Buenos Aires province.
On March 9, 2012, the bishop of Morón, Luis
Eichhorn, wrote to the Court of Morón, asking that Grassi be allowed to
transfer back to the Morón diocese. (Grassi had been living somewhere in
the diocese of San Justo.) Eichhorn asked specifically if Grassi could
live in the town of Hurlingham, at LaBlanquita, a house with a swimming
pool and large park, on the same block as the Happy Children
headquarters, where Grassi had assaulted Gabriel. On March 10, /2012,
the Court granted Bishop Eichhorn’s request.
On April 24, 2013, the Criminal Court of Morón
ruled affirmatively on a plaintiff’s motion that Grassi had violated
conditions of his freedom by referring to a victim in a TV interview.
Grassi’s lawyers announced they would appeal the decision. On September
19, 2013, the Supreme Court of Buenos Aires province rejected Grassi’s
appeal and ratified his 15-year sentence. On September 23, 2013,
the Morón Criminal Court No.1 ordered that Grassi immediately go to
prison to begin serving his sentence. In February 2014, Grassi filed a
request from prison requesting to be free until the national Supreme
Court reviews his case.
He remained in prison. In Novmeber 2016, he was
convicted of using his Happy Children Foundation funds to pay the rent
of his private home, for which he received an additional 2-year
In a March 2017 unanimous decision, the Supreme
Court upheld the original 15-year sentence. A day later, the archdiocese
of Morón stated that the canonical investigation of the allegations
against Grassi is ongoing.
Because of his pre-trial detention, Grassi benefits
from a “Two-for-One” sentencing law and will complete his sentence in
2026. In 2021, he’ll be eligible for conditional release.
Father Grassi and Cardinal Bergoglio
Throughout the trial, Grassi claimed to be
supported by numerous bishops, especially Cardinal Bergoglio, who, he
said, “never let go of my hand [and] is always at my side.” Though long a
public supporter of the Happy Children Foundation, which ran homes in
the Buenos Aires archdiocese, Bergoglio said little to defend Grassi
publicly after his arrest. In a 2006 interview with Veintitres
magazine, Bergoglio said that “justice will determine” Grassi’s
innocence, although “there is a media campaign against him, a
condemnation in the media.” In August 2008, a spokesperson for the
Argentine bishops’ conference, then headed by Bergoglio, said that
Grassi’s claim of the cardinal’s backing was “an affirmation that he’s
making on his own.” He added that the bishops “are respectful of the
rule of law” and that innocence must be presumed until proven
Indeed, after Grassi was found guilty in June 2009,
Bergoglio secretly authorized an extensive critical examination of
Grassi’s prosecution and of the three original plaintiffs. In his
capacity as president of the Argentine Bishops’ conference, Bergoglio
approved the hiring of a leading criminal defense lawyer and legal
scholar, Marcelo Sancinetti, to do the private investigation.
The resulting study vigorously asserted Grassi’s innocence and, according to a Página/12 report, denied even the prevalence of child sexual abuse itself. It reportedly was circulated to judges who had yet to make determinations in the case. The first volume, with 423 pages, debunked the accusations of “Ezequiel,” of which Grassi was acquitted; volume two, with 646 pages, attacked the credibility of “Gabriel,” of whose abuse Grassi was convicted. As of spring 2013, a third volume had been produced, and a fourth and final volume was expected.
The bishops’ commissioned exoneration of Grassi was revealed in December 2011 by Juan Pablo Gallego, an attorney for the Committee for Oversight and Implementation of International Conventions for Children’s Rights, who had represented the plaintiffs at the trial. Gallego called the study a “scandalous instance of lobbying and exerting pressure on the Court” and accused the bishops of “further hindering a process that has outrageously granted the condemned priest a situation of almost unthinkable freedom.”
Grassi remained free pending appeal until September
2013, when his second appeal was rejected by the provincial court, and
the Morón Criminal Court No.1 ordered that he finally go to prison.
“And peace to the children, on this special day on which God became a child, above all those deprived of the joys of childhood because of hunger, wars or the selfishness of adults.” – Pope Francis’ Christmas Urbi et Orbi Message 2016
Indeed, Pope Francis. The joys of childhood are deprived to the victims of clergy sexual abuse by the selfishness of adults. Despite his global popularity, the reality is that Francis is all talk, and no action when dealing with clerical child sex abuse. Not surprisingly, as the novelist, V.S. Naipaul observed about Argentines, “it is the Argentine attitude to suppress and ignore.”
Notwithstanding his incessant chatter about mercy and human trafficking, this Argentine Pope continues to suppress and ignore the ongoing clerical child sexual abuse. The latest case of papal inertia and deafness is especially heinous since it involves the sexual abuse of hundreds of disabled deaf and mute children in Italy and Argentina by several priests, giving tragic magnification to the oft used term, voiceless victims. This coverup lies squarely on Bergoglio’s watch.
During the 3 1/2 years of the Francis Papacy, the self-appointed Merciful One is not so merciful when it comes to the victims of clergy sex abuse. As Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Bergoglio left a record of abysmal apathy and inaction to root out clergy sex abuse. This pattern lives on behind the Vatican walls.
Who could forget the now familiar Francis fury raging at the faithful Catholics of Osorno Chile who pleaded with the Pope not to elevate a bishop who had allegedly protected a serial child predator? Francis ignored and suppressed their concerns as “stupid.” Who could forget the Pope’s personal appointment to the Synod on the Family of Cardinal Danneels, the renowned Belgian prelate who protected predator clerics? Don’t forget child abuse victim Peter Saunders, who served on the papal child protection commission and was forced to take a leave of absence for criticizing the Pope’s decisions on clerical sex abusers.
Wake up, Francis fawners, his mercy meme rings as hollow and empty, as hope and change.
It’s difficult to imagine a worse scenario for victim children then the latest case to cross Francis’ desk involving Fr. Nicholas Corradi. Fr. Corradi worked in the famous Provolo Institute for deaf and mute children in Italy for many years. Fr. Corradi was one of several priests who allegedly abused disabled children at the Provolo Institute.
The victims’ families argue that the Vatican knew about Fr. Corradi since at least 2009, when he was publicly accused of abusing deaf and mute students at the Provolo Institute in Verona, Italy. The Italian Provolo students went public with tales of shocking abuse against the most vulnerable of children and named several priest perps. While the Vatican sanctioned four accused priests, Corradi apparently was not punished for his alleged crimes in Italy and shockingly, Corradi left Italy and relocated to the South America at an Argentine school for deaf and mute students in Mendoza Argentina.
Despite allegations of sexual abuse by Corradi from Italian students, the Vatican apparently made no effort to immediately notify the Argentines, and recall Corradi to Italy. Additionally, the Argentine Conference of Bishops, then headed by Cardinal Bergoglio made no inquiries into the sudden arrival of Fr. Corradi at the school for deaf children in Mendoza Argentina. They should have been on high alert since modern Church history are full of predatory priests relocating to other countries and continents to avoid prosecution for child predation. Vetting Fr. Corradi for the sake of vulnerable deaf children would have been a simple precaution for their protection. Try Google for starters.
Tragically, and not surprisingly, the same clerical sex abuse scandal unfolded at the Argentine Provolo Institute for hearing impaired children. Like the dozens of children similarly abused in Italy, victims stepped forward to allege rape and sexual abuse by Fr. Corradi and another priest and staff members. And the Vatican knew about the Rev. Nicola Corradi since at least 2009.
In 2014, the Italian victims wrote directly to Pope Francis branding Corradi as a paedophile and flagged that he was living in Francis’ native Argentina. Where is the infamous Francis mercy and sense of urgency for disabled Argentine children? Pope Francis did nothing and would not open an independent investigation into Fr. Corradi’s alleged sexual abuse of these high risk children in Argentina. One would think that Argentine deaf and mute children at risk of sexual abuse by a Catholic priest would garner top priority from the Argentine pontiff!
The letter to Pope Francis details the heartbreakingly brutal and painful journey and treatment of abuse victims by the Vatican:
are a group of former students of the Antonio Provolo Institute for the
Deaf and Dumb of Verona (Italy) who told the press about the abuses
committed by paedophile priests at the Institute. This was done only
after three years of fruitless contacts with the Curia of Verona and in
order to prevent what happened to us from happening to other
children.The Bishop of Verona, who had been aware of what was going on,
immediately accused us of being slanderers.
On May 9, 2014, the Provolo victims of Italy sent the Pope Francis a video message (knowing his preference for videos) on May 9, 2014. The eight deaf mutes pleaded for justice and asked the Pope for safety measure for the protection of children. Still no action by the Pope Francis while Fr. Corradi was teaching deaf and mute children in Argentina.
Since the Congregation for the Defense of the Faith had determined in 2012 (during Benedict’s papacy) that Corradi had sexually abused deaf and mute children in Italy, the Vatican was on notice that this priest had relocated to an Argentine school for deaf and mute children. Hasn’t the Vatican learned that predators relocate and pick up where they left off, by abusing children? Wasn’t the Vatican concerned that disabled Argentine children were at high risk with Fr. Corradi? How many Agentine children were abused because of the Vatican inaction and silence?
Finally, after ongoing publicity and personal pleas, in 2015 Provolo Victims’ Association met with Francis and personally asked him for an independent investigation of the clerical abuse of deaf and mute children. They waited and waited for a response from the loquacious pontiff to their urgent request for an independent investigation. Nothing, but silence.
after repeated requests to the Vatican press office. An answer came
dated February 2016 in which the Vatican press office stated that the
Pope forwarded the victims’ request to the Italian Bishop’s Conference,
saying it was up to the Italian Bishop’s Conference to investigate the
allegations. What happened to the much touted Papal Commission on the
Protection of Minors? After a massive clerical sex abuse scandal
involving the most vulnerable children on two continents, the Vatican
passively and callously pitches the problem to the Italian Bishop’s
folks, is nothing more than a dodge, a pontifical punt into oblivion
from this Pope who incessantly prattles on about zero tolerance for
clergy sex abuse and poses as the champion of human trafficking victims,
while his own Argentine disabled children were allegedly sexually
abused by his indifference and inaction. Some mercy!
Yet, Swift Papal Action for Ecclesial Rivals
Francis’ inaction over the rape of innocent children, with his recent
sudden action to appoint an independent commission to investigate the
Knights of Malta, whose Cardinal Patronus happens to be Francis’ arch
rival, Cardinal Raymond Burke. Within a week of learning that the
Grand Chancellor of the Knights of Malta was suspended for continuing
to distribute condoms, Francis quickly assembled a high powered
commission to investigate that suspension, and presumably Burke, and to
report back promptly to the Pope.
Francis wants to wield political and ecclesial power, he does so with
dispatch and authority. Papal politics, not child sexual abuse victims,
garner his speedy attention. If Pope Francis has an opportunity to
take a political shot at his clerical political rivals, he seemingly
moves with all deliberate speed. Yet when mute and deaf child victims of
clergy abuse beg for an independent investigation, Francis drags his
feet, slow walking his answer, and does nothing for years, causing more
children to be raped and sexually abused.
Police Arrest Predator Priest Ignored by Francis
late November 2016, Argentine Police arrested 82-year old priest Rev.
Nicola Corradi, 55-year-old priest Horacio Corbacho, and three other
men. They are accused of sexual and physical child abuse at the Antonio
Provolo Institute in northwestern Mendoza province.One of the priests
Nicolás Corradi, who had been given a previous conviction for child
abuse in Italy before being transferred to Argentina, gave orders that
none of the children’s relatives were allowed to enter the school.
Parents now believe this was part of the cover up.When the police raided
the school in Argentina’s Mendoza province and they found pornography
and about $34,000 in Rev. Corradi’s room.
Pope Francis urged to open files on Argentina’s pedophile priests
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Activists against abuse by Roman Catholic
clergy urged Pope Francis on Tuesday to apologize for what they called
the Argentine church’s protection of two priests who were eventually
convicted of sexually assaulting children.
The U.S.-based Bishop Accountability group cited the case of Father
Julio Cesar Grassi, who ran the “Happy Children” foundation and was
convicted of pedophilia in 2008, and Father Napoleon Sasso, convicted in
2007 of abusing girls at a soup kitchen in suburban Buenos Aires.
The Buenos Aires archbishop’s office didn’t immediately respond Tuesday.
The pope’s authorized biographer, Sergio Rubin, told The Associated
Press before Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected pope last week that he
had drawn an increasingly tough line on clergy abuse. Bergoglio insisted
that accused priests face trial, and imposed a thorough screening
process in an attempt to weed out future problems, Rubin said.
In the 2012 book “On Heaven and Earth,” in which Bergoglio and Rabbi
Abraham Skorka engage in a religious dialogue, the future pope said the
church should not ignore the sexual abuse of minors by priests.
“When that happens, we must never turn a blind eye. You cannot be in a
position of power and destroy the life of another person,” he said,
adding that priests guilty of such offences should be stripped of their
right to perform priestly duties.
Bergoglio said the church shouldn’t try to keep such cases quiet. “I do
not believe in taking positions that uphold a certain corporative
spirit in order to avoid damaging the image of the institution,” he
Nobody has presented evidence that Bergoglio was directly involved covering up sex abuse. But a lawyer for the victims, Ernesto Moreau, told the AP that as the top authority for the Argentine church, Bergoglio was ultimately responsible for the treatment of the victims, who have yet to get medical treatment or compensation.
“Bergoglio has been the strongest man in the Argentine church since the beginning of this century,” Moreau said, and yet “the leadership of the church has never done anything to remove these people from these places, and neither has it done anything to relieve the pain of the victims.”
At the Vatican, Francis will be ultimately responsible for the work of
the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which last year told the
world’s bishops conferences to come up with comprehensive guidelines to
deal with sexual abusive clergy. It gave the bishops a year to draft
guidelines to better screen priests, root out potential abusers, educate
laity about the problem, and require bishops report suspected abuse to
civil authorities where civil reporting laws exist.
As it turns out, Bergoglio has several examples in Argentina to draw from.
Grassi was well known in Buenos Aires for persuading celebrities to
donate to his “Happy Children” foundation, which ran orphanages and
social outreach programs. Before he was convicted, Grassi praised
Bergoglio for “never abandoning him.” Now he’s free on appeal, thanks in
part to a church filing on his behalf.
Sasso, meanwhile, enjoys prison furloughs after serving half of a 17-year sentence for abusing five girls.
Sasso was assigned to the soup kitchen, at a chapel where his bedroom
shared the only bathroom, after living in a home for wayward priests
where he had been sent after accusations of pedophilia were raised
against him in remote San Juan province.
“The bathroom had two doors. The girls would come in through the outside door, and the priest would bring them into his bedroom through the other, sexually abusing the girls,” Moreau said. “These were really poor people, who were there for free meals while their parents worked. They found an enormous amount of child pornography in his computer, semen, condoms.” It was a medical priest and a nun who discovered that Sasso abused 25 girls aged 3 to 16, but when they informed church officials, they were told to “remain patient,” and nothing was done, Moreau said.
Eventually, they sought higher authorities and the case was taken up by
the criminal courts, but the mid-level officials who covered it up
still have their positions, while the priest and nun were forced to work
elsewhere, the lawyer said.
Bergoglio ran Argentina’s bishops conference, which must approve
inter-diocese priest transfers, at the time when Sasso was assigned to
the soup kitchen. He also ran the church when Sasso later became a
fugitive and hid out for a year inside church property in the same
diocese where the abuse occurred, Moreau said.
Bishop Accountability co-director Anne Doyle said that shows Bergoglio
was behind the curve in the Catholic Church’s global struggle to deal
with sex abuse by its priests, which erupted in 2002 after thousands of
cases became public in the United States and around the world.
“We would be alarmed if the Archbishop Bergoglio had done this in the
’60s or ’70s. That would be sad and disturbing. But the fact that he did
this just five years ago, when other bishops in other countries were
meeting victims and implementing tough reporting laws, it puts him
behind some of his American counterparts, that’s for sure,” Doyle told
The group said that to send a message of zero tolerance, Francis should
tell the Buenos Aires archdiocese to release the complete files on the
Grassi and Sasso cases, publicly identify priests who are “credibly
accused” and endorse mandatory reporting by church officials to law
enforcement of suspected abuse. The pope also should admit that he was
wrong to defend abusive priests, apologize to the victims of Grassi and
Sasso, and offer to meet with the victims, the group said.
Doyle noted that The Washington Post reported on these cases just as
Francis was being installed as pope in a Vatican ceremony seen around
the world Tuesday.
“The victims of these two priests are the very children of God about
whom he was speaking in his homily today,” she said. “They are the most
vulnerable of the poor. We hope that Francis will seize this as a
priority and reach out to the victims and rectify his terrible
insensitivity to them when he was archbishop.”
In the United States, confidential files on hundreds of pedophile
priests have been released either through civil litigation, settlements
or court order. The contents have revealed how top church officials
worked behind the scenes to control the sex abuse scandal and keep it
from authorities as well as parishioners.
Similar broad releases of confidential priest files haven’t happened in
Latin America, where victims are less likely to come forward and even
less likely to file a civil claim.
Ramon Luzarraga, an expert on the Catholic Church in Latin America,
said justice has come more slowly in Argentina in part because its
society has until recently avoided public discussions of sexual
humiliation, which was used as a tactic in the “dirty war” waged against
leftists by the 1976-83 military dictatorship.
Also, he said, “Argentina’s democracy is still comparatively young and,
compared to the United States, people are not as acclimated to being
outspoken in the face of injustice.”
That leaves clergy abuse victims in the U.S. and their supporters to
hold the pope to account on questions of priest abuse everywhere, said
Luzarraga, who teaches theology at the University of Dayton in Ohio.
The hundreds of confidential priest personnel files that have been made
public in the U.S. have bolstered critics because they can see with
their own eyes how the American church dealt with abusive priests, he
“That is a big difference. Information is power.”
POPE FRANCIS COVERED UP AND PROTECTED DISGUSTING SCUMBAG PRIESTS WHO WERE RAPING DEAF/MUTE CHILDREN AT THE ANTONIO PROVOLO INSTITUTES AND SHOULD BE PUT TO DEATH FOR IT
THE FIRST TORTURE THIS HEAD PEDOPHILE PIMP POPE FRANCIS SHOULD BE HAVING A RED HOT, COAL FILLED POPES PEAR SHOVED UP HIS ASS.
The Pear of Anguish was used during the Middle Ages as a way to torture
women who conducted a miscarriage, liars, blasphemers and homosexuals.
A pear-shaped instrument was inserted into one of the victim’s orifices:
the vagina for women, the anus for homosexuals and the mouth for liars
The instrument consisted of four leaves that slowly separated from each
other as the torturer turned the screw at the top. It was the torturer’s
decision to simply tear the skin or expand the “pear” to its maximum
and mutilate the victim.
The Pear of Anguish was usually very adorned to differentiate between
the anal, vaginal and oral pears. They also varied in size accordingly.
This torture very rarely provoked death, but was often followed by other torture methods.
THEN POPE FRANCIS’ DEATH PENALTY PUNISHMENT NEXT GETS PUNISHED WITH THE RAT TORTURE.
A cheap and effective way to torture someone was with the use of rats.
There were many variants, but the most common was to force a rat through
a victim’s body (usually the intestines) as a way to escape. This was
done as follows:
The victim was completely restrained and tied to the ground or any
horizontal surface. A rat was then placed on his stomach covered by a
metallic container. As the container was gradually heated, the rat began
to look for a way out – through the victim’s body.
Digging a hole usually took a few hours of agonizing pain for the victim. This almost invariantly resulted in death.
THEN? WE PLACE THIS JUDAS TO CHILDREN IN THE JUDAS CHAIR
Also known as the Judas Chair, the Chair of Torture was a terrible device of the Middle Ages. It was used until the late 1800’s in Europe.
There are many variants of the chair. They all have one thing in common: spikes cover the back, arm-rests, seat, leg-rests and foot-rests. The number of spikes in one of these chairs ranges from 500 to 1,500.
To avoid movement, the victim’s wrists were tied to the chair or, in one version, two bars pushed the arms against arm-rests for the spikes to penetrate the flesh even further. In some versions, there were holes under the chair’s bottom where the torturer placed coal to cause severe burns while the victim still remained conscious.
This instrument’s strength lies primarily in the psychological fear caused on the victims. It was a common practice to extract a confession by forcing the victim to watch someone else be tortured with this instrument.
The time of death greatly varied ranging from a few hours to a day or more. No spike penetrated any vital organ and the wound was closed by the spike itself which delayed blood loss greatly.
And last, but certainly not least? Pope Francis should be drawn and quartered, his head cut off and put on a pike in front of the Vatican with the warning “This is what we will now do to Roman Catholic scum leaders who cover up and protect disgusting, demonic pedophile priests who rape children
Usually, this form of execution was used on prisoners convicted of
treason. It was reserved to the most hated of criminals, as it was
easily the most sadistic and barbaric form of execution ever invented.
A chronicler by the name of William Harrison portrayed the execution of hanging, drawing, and quartering as: “The
greatest and most grievous punishment used in England for such as
offend against the State is drawing from the prison to the place of
execution upon an hurdle or sled, where they are hanged till they be
half dead, and then taken down, and quartered alive; after that, their
members and bowels are cut from their bodies, and thrown into a fire,
provided near hand and within their own sight, even for the same