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Italian media sensationalize priests' scandals

April 09, 2015

Italian media outlets are carrying sensational stories about two allegations against Catholic priests: one who has been accused of soliciting homosexual partners, another who has been accused of murder.

A priest of the Taranto archdiocese reportedly confessed to pursuing homosexual relationships over the internet, after a local man brought his accusations to the mass media, charging that the Church had failed to respond to his early reports. Archbishop Filippo Santoro of Taranto said that his office took some time to establish the veracity of the charges, but then removed the accused priest from ministry.

Meanwhile Father Gratien Alabi, a priest from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is a suspect in the disappearance of a woman from her home in Tuscany. The discovery of a woman’s bones buried at an old chapel has revived interest in the case.


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