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Italian priest tells raped girl she asked for it

An Italian priest prompted outrage on Thursday by going on Facebook to tell a girl who said she had been raped that it was her fault for getting drunk and hanging around with immigrants.

Italian priest tells raped girl she asked for it
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“I'm sorry but if you swim in the piranha tank you cannot complain if you lose a limb,” Lorenzo Guidotti, a parish priest in Bologna wrote on the social media site, according to Italian media reports.

In a lengthy rant he chastised the underage girl, who had told police she had been raped by a North African man she had met in the city while drunk.

She said she was attacked by him and woke up later, half naked and with her bag gone.

“Sweetie, I'm sorry, but… you get revoltingly drunk… and then who do you go off with? A North African?” the priest said in the post, which was published by Italy's main papers on their websites.

“Do you understand that, along with the alcohol, you've gulped down the ideological tirade about 'welcoming everyone'?” he said in a reference to those who support Italy giving needy migrants shelter.

“Darling, at this point, waking up semi-naked is the least that could happen to you,” he added.

The Facebook post was only visible to Guidotti's friends, but was picked up and published by Radio Citta del Capo on its website, from where it went viral.

The Bologna archdiocese distanced itself from the priest, saying his opinion “in no way reflects that of the Church, which condemns every sort of violence”.

Guidotti first claimed he had not been attacking the girl personally, just “trying to make kids and their parents think”. He later apologised unreservedly to the victim and her family, La Repubblica daily said.

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Senior Vatican priest resigns over advances to nun

A senior Vatican priest accused of making advances towards a nun during confession has resigned, the Vatican said on Tuesday.

Senior Vatican priest resigns over advances to nun
A file picture of the Vatican. Photo: DPA

Austrian Father Hermann Geissler resigned as one of three top officials at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which ensures Roman Catholic moral doctrine. 

“Geissler decided to take this step to limit the damage already done to the congregation and to his community,” a Vatican statement said, adding that he “reserves the right for possible civil legal action”.

A Canonical disciplinary procedure in 2014 let Geissler off with a warning after German former nun Doris Wagner accused him of inappropriate behaviour during confession.

“He kept me for hours, kneeling before him, he told me that he loved me and that he knew that I loved him and that even if we couldn't marry, there were other ways,” Wagner said.

“He tried to take me in his arms and kiss me. I panicked and ran,” Wagner said in testimony she put on social media.

Wagner also accused another priest of raping her in 2008.

He was removed from the Vatican but remains a priest in a community where “many young nuns live”, according to Wagner.

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