Pope Francis Offers Early Retirement To Priest Caught Raping Children

Pope Francis has punished a priest, who was caught molesting young boys, by offering him a generous retirement package.

Pope Francis has punished a pedophile priest, who was caught molesting young boys, by offering him a generous retirement package and urging him to lead “a life of prayer and humble discretion”.

Due to the Catholic Church’s internal prosecution protocols, the 67-year-old priest Mauro Inzoli escaped serving prison time, despite being found guilty of raping 8 children.

The news comes days after Pope Francis shocked the world by publicly defending the Vatican’s third most senior cleric, Cardinal George Pell, who was also arrested for multiple cases of child abuse, leading to claims the Catholic Church’s pedophilia scandal runs much deeper than previously expected.

Inzoli, who was dubbed Don Mercedes because of his love of luxury cars, was originally defrocked by predecessor Pope Benedict in 2012 for child abuse, but liberal Pope Francis overturned this decision in 2014, urging the priest to be “more discrete” in future.

NCR reports: On June 28, the priest’s diocese of Crema in northern Italy released a statement saying the pope had made a “definitive ruling” that Inzoli, also known as Don Mauro, should be retired from clerical duties.

Bishop Daniele Gianotti of Crema said the Vatican body responsible for church doctrine informed him of the pope’s decision, which Gianotti described as “the worst punishment” to be imposed on a priest.

We cannot assume that the pope made such a serious decision without carefully examining all the elements in front of God, before making a choice for the good of the church and Don Mauro,” said Gianotti on the diocese website.

Inzoli was found guilty last year by an Italian court of eight counts of sexual abuse of children aged 12 to 16.He reportedly paid $28,000 in compensation to five victims he molested between 2004 and 2008.

Gianotti said it had been “very painful” for him to communicate the Pope’s decision to Inzoli and urged the faithful to pray for the priest’s victims.

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Since Francis’ election in 2013, he has claimed to have adopted a hard line on pedophilia in the Catholic Church and urged bishops around the world to adopt a zero-tolerance approach to clerical sex abuse.

But victims’ groups have often argued he has not done enough to hold perpetrators to account or the bishops who tolerated their behavior.

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI first moved to defrock Inzoli but Francis decided to give him another chance before making his latest definitive ruling for something the pope has described as “a sin that shames us.

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  • John C Carleton

    The Catholic Church used to burn people alive for micky mouse things. I would think the pope, if he did not live in a glass house on this issue, would at least have him his nuts cut off, and hang his butt.

  • monica

    Early retirement with a bulet through the forehead sounds reasonable

    • H.T.

      For humanities sake, All predators – especially those that prey on infants and children should be shot on sight or publicly hung, Period.

  • H.T.

    That organization IS A Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing and always has been –
    The fourth largest asset class owned by the Vatican is founding
    industry and controlling stocks in a narrow class of industries related to arms
    manufacture, military support and pharmacuticals including strategic
    financial relationships with the international trade of illegal drugs.

    2. Through these strategic investments, the Roman Catholic Church is by far
    the single largest arms dealer, profiteer from conflict, profiteer from the
    growth of the pharmaceutical industry as well as single largest recipient of
    illegal drug money of any organisation in the history of the World….

    https://archive.org/stream/TheVaticanAndPharmaceuticalIndustry/TheVaticanAndPharmaceuticalIndustry_djvu.txt