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Posted by abeodbart May 27, 2011 at 10:00 am

Time Magazine: The latest sex-abuse case to rock the Catholic Church is unfolding in the archdiocese of an influential Italian Cardinal who has been working with Pope Benedict XVI on reforms to respond to prior scandals of pedophile priests.

Father Riccardo Seppia, a 51-year-old parish priest in the village of Sastri Ponente, near Genoa, was arrested last Friday, May 13, on pedophilia and drug charges. Investigators say that in tapped mobile-phone conversations, Seppia asked a Moroccan drug dealer to arrange sexual encounters with young and vulnerable boys. “I do not want 16-year-old boys but younger. Fourteen-year-olds are O.K. Look for needy boys who have family issues,” he allegedly said.

According to investigators, Seppia told a friend — a former seminarian and barman who is currently under investigation — that the town’s malls were the best places to entice minors.

The evidence amounts to at least 50 messages and phone calls. In the tapped phone conversations, the drug dealer contacted the boys and gave their phone numbers to the priest, who paid them with cocaine or 50 euros each time for sexual intercourse.

“[The investigators] made us listen to that man saying terrifying things about our children. Things so terrible that I cannot repeat them,” a father of one of the boys said.

Seppia’s defense lawyers are expected to argue that those conversations — monitored since Oct. 20, 2010 — were just words, sex games that were played by adults. It was just a game even when he claimed to have “kissed on the mouth” a 15-year-old altar boy, according to the defense.

Full Article at Time Magazine via La Stampa

May 27, 2011 at 10:40 am
Don says:

The priest is not a policy advisor, just a parish priest within the diocese of the advisor.

And let’s not forget that the RCC claims that is isn’t pedophilia if the child is over ten.

May 27, 2011 at 10:58 am
Deirdre says:

The blog headline is misleading. When you read the Time report it’s clear that the priest who was arrested is a priest in the diocese of the archbishop who is the Pope’s adviser. The adviser himself has not been arrested.

All terrible in any case, but not quite the same story as the headline would suggest.

May 27, 2011 at 11:33 am
BaldySlaphead says:

This story is being misreported everywhere!

Seppia is not an advisor; the advisor is Bagnasco, an archbishop, and Seppia is a priest in Bagnasco’s archdiocese.

Not that it makes the child abuse any better, obviously.

May 27, 2011 at 11:41 am

Well that is a prime example of abuse of power and authority isn’t it. What on earth goes through these peoples minds..? He gave them cocaine as well? Depraved..perverted…just sickening. I hope those children heal in time

May 27, 2011 at 2:05 pm

Typical of the church, to prey on the vulnerable, the whole idea of religion is to give people hope. And once again the people who offer the care and solice are the people who violate, abuse and take advantage of their position and most importantly the needy. Shame on those connected!

May 30, 2011 at 7:31 am
Brodersen says:

FUCKING SICK BASTARDS! This is so disgusting!

Obviously these sick “holy men” know deep down that there is no Hell, otherwise they wouldn’t do this to risk eternal torture in a Hell. Or maybe they just do a quick pray for forgiveness, and everything is fine? Is that not what the church tells you?

Religion is just a stupid mans lie, taking advantage of the weak and poor, with fairy tale stories about someone who loves them, and a better place when you die. And it want money and power (influence).

Please someone tell me if there exists ANYONE in this world who strongly believes in God, but at the same time honestly wishes this God didn’t exist. No, because it’s all wish thinking.

May 30, 2011 at 7:35 am
Brodersen says:

Or let me rephrase that:

Please someone tell me if there exists ANYONE in this world who are convinced God exists, but at the same time sincerely wishes he didn’t?

No, because it’s all wish thinking.

June 1, 2011 at 1:12 pm
alan says:

According to investigators, Seppia told a friend:
or fellow fiend.

Things so terrible that I cannot repeat them,
“Suffer little children, who come unto me”

August 24, 2011 at 7:04 pm
Chris Redmond says:

So you ask a question, you answer it yourself and then you state your conclusion as fact.
Furthermore, without knowing me you’ve stated without question I’m a stupid, weak and poor man; excellent profiling which I’m sure even Derren Brown would be proud of.
The fact I have an IQ of 172, had a successful amateur boxing career and now have a successful business are a little at odds with your assessment however.
Back to the actual subject at hand, at the end of the day power corrupts, and corrupt, perverted priests are in the perfect position to take advantage of the vulnerable.
Shame on the church for hiding such paedophiles and trying to ‘deal with’ such individuals in house to protect their own institution. This is the real disgrace.


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