Italian pro Berlusconi priest accused of sexually molesting children


This video from the USA says about itself:

What does a [US] Presidential Candidate named Giuliani and a Priest who has been accused of child molestation have in common? Well the Priest works for Candidate Giuliani.

From British daily The Independent:

Priest accused of molesting young addicts

By Peter Popham in Milan

Published: 29 December 2007

One of Italy’s most colourful priests and the founder of a network of drug rehabilitation centres is expected to be charged with sexually molesting young recovering addicts at the headquarters of his organisation near Perugia in Umbria.

Monsignor Pierino Gelmini, 82, is a household name in Italy, a strong supporter of the political centre-right and a frequent guest on television chat shows. Politicians have warmly reciprocated his support, and in 2005, the former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi famously handed over a cheque for 10 billion lire (equivalent to ¿1m) to the priest, known as Don Gelmini, on television for the charitable work of his organisation, Comunità Incontro.

Rarely mentioned during his television appearances is the fact that decades ago he was sent to jail for fraud, issuing dud cheques and other offences. And now another scandal appears to be beckoning.

The shadow of accusations of sexual abuse fell across Don Gelmini in the summer when it emerged that he was under investigation for allegedly exploiting some of the charges in his care. It was reported that one of them, Michele Iacobbe, now 34, had first filed a complaint against Don Gelmini in 2002. No action was taken, but he continued to complain about the priest’s misbehaviour, which he said dated back to 1999.

Eight other former wards of the organisation added their voice to his, with great detail. Two of them were minors at the time the alleged abuse happened.

The main Italian newspapers reported yesterday that the preliminary judge in the case was on the verge of committing Don Gelmini for trial on a charge of sexual violence.

When the accusations were first made public, Don Gelmini responded angrily that he was a victim of “the Jewish-radical chic lobby”. The Vatican has advised the priest to give up his role as head of the organisation only if he is sent for trial. But Silvio Berlusconi has again spoken up for him, and Maurizio Gasparri, a member of the right-wing National Alliance party and a minister in Mr Berlusconi’s last government, said the priest’s accusers were “very few and of scant credibility”.

Torturing young people New Labour style in Britain: here.

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13 thoughts on “Italian pro Berlusconi priest accused of sexually molesting children

  1. Che don Pierino Gelmini non fosse uno stinco di santo, oltre ai suoi
    trascorsi giudiziari e carcerari per truffa, si era intuito da certe
    sue frequentazioni. Tipo padre Eligio (suo fratello), Craxi, Forlani e
    Berlusconi. Quando poi l’ex ministro De Lorenzo giurò sulla sua
    innocenza, fu chiaro a tutti che c’era qualcosa che non andava.

    Per tutta l’estate, appena si scoprì che Padre Vip era indagato,
    battaglioni aviotrasportati di politici si paracadutarono sulla
    Comunità Incontro, incrementandovi tra l’altro il tasso di devianza,
    per tributare la loro piena solidarietà (all’indagato, si capisce, non
    alle presunte vittime).

    Bellachioma, che è solidale con chiunque purchè inquisito, si sperticò
    in elogi, seguito a ruota da Casini, Giovanardi, Gasparri e Villetti,
    per citare solo i più acuti. Si fece vivo financo il generale
    Speciale, per dissipare gli ultimi dubbi sulla colpevolezza del prete.

    Naturalmente nessuno sapeva nulla dell’indagine, condotta nel più
    assoluto riserbo dalla Procura di Terni. Nessuno conosceva le
    testimonianze dei molestati né i riscontri del pm Barbara Mazzullo. Ma
    tutti i ragazzi dello zoo di Pierino avevano già la sentenza in tasca:
    don Pierino è innocente, vittima della cattiveria di qualche
    giovinastro ingrato.

    Il cosiddetto ministro Mastella non perse occasione di assicurare al
    popolo italiano massima “vigilanza per evitare cose fuorvianti e
    strumentalizzazioni di carattere anticlericale”. Se, puta caso, si
    scopre un allenatore che molesta baby calciatori, Mastella vigila
    contro le “strumentalizzazioni di carattere anticalcistico”; se
    beccano un maestro che palpeggia gli alunni, Mastella vigila contro le
    “strumentalizzazioni di carattere antiscolastico”; e così via. Si
    ignora quale esito abbia sortito la vigilanza ceppalonica: sta di
    fatto che intanto la Procura ha chiuso le indagini.

    E ora finalmente si sa qualcosa di preciso delle accuse: almeno nove
    ragazzi molestati, due dei quali da quando erano minorenni (più decine
    di casi non sufficientemente riscontrati o caduti in prescrizione,
    visto che il prete è accusato di darsi da fare da mezzo secolo).
    L’ultimo episodio contestato risale addirittura a ottobre 2007, ben
    dopo la passerella estiva degli innocentisti à la carte. Senza contare
    l’inquinamento delle prove da parte di due emissari del prete, che
    avrebbero convinto un giovane accusatore a ritrattare le accuse in
    cambio di soldi, con la collaborazione della madre.

    Per molto meno un imputato normale finirebbe dentro: il che significa
    che con Pierino e i suoi boys i magistrati – dipinti per mesi come
    “persecutori” e “anticlericali” – hanno usato la mano leggera (la sua
    minaccia “continuerò ad abbracciare i miei ragazzi”, configura il
    rischio reiterazione del reato). In un paese civile basterebbero poche
    righe delle carte ormai pubbliche per indurre tutti a un minimo di
    prudenza su questo disinvolto sacerdote, fondatore ad Amelia di una
    repubblichetta separata e legibus soluta.

    Il Vaticano, che la sa lunga, fin dall’inizio si è tenuto ben distante
    dalla sbracature di un Gasparri e ora ha spedito al prete indagato
    un’ingiunzione di sfratto. Ma la compagnia di giro degli innocentisti
    a prescindere non si ferma nemmeno un istante a riflettere. E tira
    dritto, come se quei nove ragazzi che raccontano turpi molestie non
    esistessero.

    Naturalmente, se al posto del don ci fosse un rumeno o un tunisino,
    gli stessi che difendono Padre Vip chiederebbero la pena di morte,
    tolleranza zero, condanna esemplare, garrota, anzi (Calderoni dixit)
    “castrazione chimica”. Invece è uno del giro, dunque le vittime non
    contano. Farà piacere ai Gasparri e ai Berlusconi apprendere che il
    loro spirito guida è accusato di aver speso i loro nomi per reclutare
    ragazzini (“minacciava di avvalersi della conoscenza di numerosi
    influenti personaggi politici promettendo favori tramite dette
    conoscenze”).

    Un capitolo a parte merita Alessandro Meluzzi, psicotuttologo da
    telecamera e “consulente della difesa”. Con uno strepitoso autogol,
    commenta giulivo: “La montagna ha partorito il topolino, la cosa ha
    dimensioni diverse da quelle che ci si attendeva: non i previsti 50-60
    casi, ma 9. Pochissimi accusatori. Il presunto caso si sgonfia”.

    Chissà che opinione ha Meluzzi di don Gelmini, se si aspettava 60
    vittime e 9 gli sembrano poche. Deve sapere qualcosa che non sappiamo.
    Dovrebbe fare il consulente dell’accusa. Dopodiché, per il massimo
    della pena, manca solo l’avvocato Taormina.

    http://it.groups.yahoo.com/group/riscossarossa/message/9333

  2. 2008-06-24 16:01

    Vatican: Church defends Marcinkus

    Ex- Vatican bank chief linked to kidnapping 25 years ago

    (ANSA) – Vatican City, June 24 – The Vatican has lashed out at allegations that a former head of the Vatican bank may have been involved with the kidnapping of a 15-year old girl 25 years ago.

    The Vatican said the accusations were ”infamous and without foundation” and made against someone ”who has been dead for some time and cannot defend themself”.

    ”We do not wish to interfere in any way with the efforts of the judiciary to ascertain facts and responsibilites…. but at the same time we cannot help but express our firm disapproval for the way certain information has been made public, in a manner more bent on sensationalism than ethical and professional sincerity”. Emanuela Orlandi, the daughter of a Vatican employee, disappeared in May 1985 and has never been seen or heard of since. It was initially thought that she was taken hostage in order to be exchanged with Ali’ Agca, the Turkish terrorist who shot Pope John Paul II in 1981.

    Recent testimony leaked to the press claimed that she was kidnapped by a renowned gangster acting on orders from Msgr. Paul Marcinkus, the then-head of the Istitito per le Opere Religiose – the Institute for Religious Works – also known as the Vatican bank.

    The testimony reportedly came from Sabrina Minardi, the one-time wife of former soccer star Bruno Giordano who later became the girlfriend of Enrico De Pedis, a leader of the notorious Rome Magliana gang in the 1980s.

    According to press reports, Minardi told investigators that De Pedis kidnapped Orlandi and later killed her, dumping her body in a cement mixer.

    She said she thought De Pedis did it as a favor to Marcinkus, who was allegedly involved in laundering the Magliana gang’s illegal earnings abroad and wanted to ”send a message high up”.

    De Pedis was gunned down in broad daylight on a central Rome street in 1990. Msgr. Marcinkus had resigned his IOR position a year earlier and six months after De Pedis’ death he returned to his native Chicago, in United States.

    Msgr. Marcinkus later retired to Arizona, where he died in February 2006.

    The Vatican official sparked controversy for his involvement with Roberto Calvi, the chairman of Milan’s private Banco Ambrosiano who was dubbed ”God’s banker”.

    Calvi, a member of the secret P2 Masonic lodge of Lucio Gelli, was found hanged in London in June 1982, triggering the nation’s biggest postwar banking scandal. According to Magliana gang supergrass Antonio Mancini, De Pedis did kidnap Orlandi but to extort money from the Vatican to make up for the huge amount of cash it lost through Calvi. Sicily’s Cosa Nostra is also believed to have lost a lot of money through Calvi and some believe may have been behind his ‘suicide’. Investigators are believed to be somewhat sceptical of Minardi’s testimony because she also reportedly claims that Orlandi was thrown into the cement mixer along with the 11-year-old son of another Magliana gang member who disappeared in 1993, three years after De Pedis was killed and ten years after Orlandi was kidnapped.

    Orlandi’s family has also expressed its doubts on the validity of Minardi’s testimony.

    The appearance of her testimony in the press prompted an investigation by police who searched the offices of the AGI Italian news agency, which may be accused of violating court secrecy.

    Despite his criminal record, De Pedis was buried in a crypt in the Church of St Apollinaire, near the central Piazza Navona, next to members of the clergy and the nobility.

    The interment was said to have been authorised by the late Cardinal Ugo Poletti, who at the time was Vicar of Rome, in recognition of the ”offerings” De Pedis had made.

    According to fellow gang member Mancini, De Pedis ”was very religious, he killed people but he was a religious person”.

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