Top Italian cardinal tells faithful their pastor has been jailed in pedophilia-drug case
The Catholic church scandals just keep coming.
Italy’s top cardinal in a message read aloud Sunday at Mass informed shocked faithful in a Genoa suburb that their longtime pastor has been jailed for investigation of pedophilia and giving drugs to a minor.
Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, archbishop of Genoa, also heads Italy’s bishops conference. He unexpectedly had shown up at Saturday evening Mass in the church to express his “shame.” On Sunday, his message denouncing the alleged “immoral behavior” of the Rev. Riccardo Seppia was read out to parishioners in Holy Spirit church in Sestri Ponente.
The message reiterated the cardinal’s stern rebuke of the 51-year-old Seppia which Bagnasco delivered personally a day earlier.
“While we renew our full trust in justice and its task of ferreting out the truth of the affair, I have come here, dear friends, to share your shock and heartache, together with shame and total disapproval if the grave accusations end up being confirmed,” Bagnasco said.