Video Plus: Italian Priest Sparks Outrage Over Blame of Women for Violence
Father Piero Corsi also attacked women for not cleaning their houses and serving fast food, and called on women to engage in ‘healthy self criticism’ over femicide - men murdering women.
In an astonishing message, he attacked pornography but said women shared the blame for ‘provoking the worst instincts which then turn into violence and sexual abuse’.
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“The core of the problem is in the fact that women are more and more provocative, they yield to arrogance, they believe they can do everything themselves and they end up exacerbating tensions,” it said.
“How often do we see girls and even mature women walking on the streets in provocative and tight clothing?”
“Babies left to themselves, dirty houses, cold meals and fast food at home, soiled clothes. So if a family ends up in a mess and turns into crime (a form of violence which should be condemned and punished firmly) often the responsibility is shared,” it said.
A scan of the leaflet was posted online and triggered a wave of outrage. Corsi’s Facebook page was flooded with angry comments and was shut down.
Maria Carnieri, head of Telefono Rosa, an NGO fighting violence against women, called for the Pope and Italian Prime Minster Mario Monti to intervene.
La Spezia bishop Luigi Ernesto Palletti ordered the leaflet to be removed and distanced himself from Corsi. The priest’s words, he said, were “contrary to the church’s common feeling on the matter”.
But Corsi told Radio Rai: “I don’t know if you are a faggot or not but what do you feel when you see a naked woman? Is it not a woman’s violence [sic] to unveil herself that way?”
In La Repubblica newspaper he said his words “had been exploited by liar journalists for whom jail wouldn’t be an adequate sentence since they deserve the death penalty”.