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Pedophile Priest Absolved of Raping Alter Boy in Trial Heard by Pope's Criminal Court

Verdict comes after Pope expressed shame on reports

 on 6th October 2021 @ 10.00pm
father gabriele martinelli was accused of repeatedly raping the boy  only identified as lg  between 2006 and 2012 © press
Father Gabriele Martinelli was accused of repeatedly raping the boy, only identified as LG, between 2006 and 2012.

A Vatican tribunal has absolved a priest charged with raping an altar boy in the Vatican's youth seminary.

The hearing is the first clergy sexual abuse trial heard by the Pope's criminal court.

Father Gabriele Martinelli was accused of repeatedly raping the boy, only identified as LG, between 2006 and 2012.

Father Enrico Radice, 72, who is the former rector of the youth seminary, was accused of covering up the sexual abuse.

But Martinelli was acquitted by a three-judge panel on some charges before ruling others could not be punished or occurred too long ago.

the pope expressed sadness following reports that nuns used crucifixes to rape girls in a campaign of horrific sexual abuse © press
The Pope expressed sadness following reports that nuns used crucifixes to rape girls in a campaign of horrific sexual abuse

Radice was also absolved.

The ruling came after Pope Francis said it was a "shame" that clergy carried out child abuse in France's Catholic Church.

The Pope expressed sadness following reports that nuns used crucifixes to rape girls in a campaign of horrific sexual abuse spanning decades and involving 330,000 thousand victims.

The tribunal said it confirmed there had been a sexual relationship between Martinelli and the alleged victim, but there was no proof LG had been forced into it.

Martinelli was charged with allegedly forcing LG "to undergo carnal acts, acts of sodomy, masturbation on himself and on the boy, at different times and in different places inside Vatican City."

almost 3 200 pedophile priests have been working in the french catholic church since the 1950 © press
Almost 3,200 pedophile priests have been working in the French Catholic Church since the 1950

In his testimony last year, LG said Martinelli first began molesting him after he arrived in the seminary in 2006 as a 13-year-old from a small town in northern Italy.

He testified his first sexual experience was a 'shock' that he didn't understand and that he felt 'paralyzed.'

"Martinelli would slip into my bed at night,' he testified. 'For me, it was a very strange thing: I was young, and I had never entered into the world of sexuality. At home or in my town, I had never heard of sex. I felt a sense of confusion; I didn't understand what was happening."

Neon Nettle reported earlier this week that almost 3,200 pedophile priests have been working in the French Catholic Church since the 1950s, according to the president of an independent commission on sexual abuse.

Jean-Marc Sauvé, ahead of the release of the commission's final report, said:

"We had to cross historical, sociological, medical, and psychiatric perspectives.

"We had to call upon skills in the area of child protection, social work, questions of abuse and also bring to bear skills in the area of theology and law."

Europe 1 radio cited sources claiming the number of potential victims in the report would reach over 100,000, which is ten times higher than the previous estimate.

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