Argentine Court Convicts Sexual Predators Ignored by Pope Francis

An Argentine court on Monday found two priests and a lay worker guilty of the sexual abuse and rape of 10 former students of a Catholic institute for the deaf, the first legal victory for a string of hearing-impaired victims stretching from Italy to the Andes whose denunciations against one of the clerics to church … Read more

Deaf Victims at Trial of ‘Demonic’ Argentine Priests Recount Decades of Sexual Abuse

The trial of two priests and a layman accused of serial sexual abuse of impoverished deaf boys and girls in their care began in a courtroom in Argentina, where dozens of survivors and their supporters are demanding transparency and justice for “abominable crimes” committed at the Instituto Próvolo for deaf-mute children. In Mendoza, the capital … Read more

The Sex Abuse of Deaf Orphans in Pope Francis’ Backyard

“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 … Read more

Pope Francis Was Told About Priests Sexually Abusing Deaf Children in His Native Argentina

From December 2, 2106: Advocates for clerical sex abuse victims expressed outrage Thursday that a priest accused of sexually abusing deaf children in Italy wasn’t sanctioned by the Vatican and allegedly went on to abuse children in Pope Francis’s native Argentina. Argentine police arrested the priest, 82-year old Nicola Corradi, this week. Corradi, priest Horacio … Read more

Argentina: Raid at School for Deaf in Clerical Abuse Probe

Argentine authorities raided a Catholic-run school for youths with hearing disabilities Thursday as part of an investigation into alleged sexual abuse of vulnerable children that has shocked Pope Francis’s homeland. A police official in Buenos Aires province said officers seized documents from the archives of the Antonio Provolo Institute in the city of La Plata … Read more