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Italian priest loses parish post after blaming children for sexual abuse

A priest has lost his post in northern Italy after saying he can “understand” pedophilia within the church. The priest appeared to blame children for sexual abuse and described homosexuality as a sickness.

“Pedophilia I can understand, homosexuality I don’t understand,” Fr. Gino Flaim, a priest in Trento, told Italy’s La7 channel. “Unfortunately there are children that look for affection, because they don’t have it at home. And perhaps if they find a priest, he could also give in.”

Canadian archbishop's full remarks to Synod on women deacons


Canadian Archbishop Paul-Andre Durocher told Catholic News Service Tuesday that he had used his three-minute address to the worldwide meeting of Catholic bishops in Rome to address the church's stance towards women, proposing the ordination of women as deacons.

Durocher, who is a former president of the Canadian bishops' conference and leads the archdiocese of Gatineau in Quebec, has posted the full text of his remarks at his French-language blog.



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