Edgardo Storni, Former Archibishop of Santa Fe, is Dead; He Was Convicted in 2009 of Sex Abuse
Former Archbishop of Santa Fe, Edgardo Gabriel Storni – who in 2009 was sentenced to eight years in prison for “abuso sexual agravado,” although the verdict was nullified last year by a local Criminal Court – died in La Falda, a town in the province of Córdoba, according to diocesan spokespersons.
Télam (Argentine National News Agency)
February 20, 2012
[Translated into English by BishopAccountability.org. Click below to see original article in Spanish.]
Storni, 75, was archbishop of Santa Fe until October 1, 2002, when he submitted his resignation to Pope John Paul II in the midst of a scandal over allegations of sexual abuse of seminary students.
The case went to court following the publication of “Our Holy Mother,” by journalist Olga Wornat, even though 10 years prior, seminary student Rubén Descalzo had denounced Storni, resulting in an internal investigation by the Vatican.
After the case reverberated around the country, examining magistrate Eduardo Giovanini prosecuted Storni for sexual abuse. However, the case was suspended when the judge died.
Towards the end of 2009, Judge Maria Amalia Mascheroni sentenced Storni to eight years in prison after finding him guilty of “abuso sexual agravado,” although the verdict was nullified last year by the Criminal Court of Santa Fe.
[After his resignation], Storni resided at a home owned by the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, located in La Falda, a town in the province of Córdoba, where he led a life removed from public exposure and supported himself with his retirement pension.
The religious figure was born on April 6, 1936 in the city of Santa Fe, and ordained on December 23, 1961.
He was named Auxiliary Bishop of Santa Fe on December 31, 1976, and promoted on August 28, 1984 to the rank of head bishop of the city after the death of his predecessor, Vicente Zazpe.