Challenge Grant: Our Boosters will match donations up to $45,000. We have $38,368 to go. Please donate!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Conflicting claims of responsibility in Italian priest's abuse trial

Catholic World News - April 28, 2010

"I am not a monster. I am innocent," a prominent Italian priest told a court in Rome, where he is on trial for allegedly molesting several boys. Father Ruggero Conti, once an adviser to the mayor of Rome, said that the boys had misinterpreted his friendly gestures as sexual advances.

In court documents obtained by the Associated Press, Bishop Gino Reali acknowledged that he had heard complaints about Father Conti two years before the priest's arrest in 2006. He claimed that the complaints were not specific enough to warrant action.

The Vatican's chief prosecutor for sex-abuse cases, Msgr. Charles Scicluna, said that he had been told about the case in 2007, but the victims' group that alerted him to the problem refused to provide enough specific information to support an investigation. "Their refusal to share the information with me puts the onus on them," he charged. Msgr. Scicluna testified that he urged the group to report the case to local police.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($125,746 to go):
$150,000.00 $24,253.70
84% 16%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Ignatius Press into the Breach: Trumping the Kasper Proposal 12 hours ago
Has the Vatican finally discovered how to avoid inaccurate English translations? 16 hours ago
The Synod: It's a Wrap! October 21
A chaotic synod? Not in its results October 21
Cardinal Kasper's unsubtle threat October 21

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Key synod report calls for 'gradualism' in Church response to irregular family situations CWN - October 13
As synod concludes, bishops issue message, approve document; Pope weighs in CWN - October 20
Cardinal Parolin: UN must protect innocents from Islamic State CWN - September 30
Synod of Bishops opens with Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica CWN - October 6