Horacio Corbacho Sexual Abuse: Catholic Priest Accused of Assaulting Deaf Children in Argentina

By Tatayana Yomary
Latin Times
December 2, 2016

Pope Francis closes the Holy Door to mark the closing of the Catholic Jubilee year of mercy at the in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican November 20, 2016. Reuters

Sexual abuse in Catholicism is a topic that brings forth major controversy. Over the years many Catholic leaders have been accused and found guilty of participating in sexual abuse and by the looks of it the accusations are not slowing down.

According to FOX News Latino, there is a full out investigation of sexual abuse of deaf children at a Catholic school in Argentina’s Mendoza province underway.

Many child advocacy groups have expressed outrage after Argentine police arrested 82-year old Nicola Corradi, priest Horacio Corbacho, 55, and three other men at the Antonio Provolo Institute, a school for youths with hearing disabilities in the northwest of the country.

Prosecutor Alexander Gulle tells the site that the investigation is truly gruesome.

"Every minute," he told reporters, "we see different circumstances, different facts ... I am frankly embarrassed about the direction in which the investigation is taking us."

The site reports that the case that Gulle is talking about is one in which a priest accused of sexually abusing deaf children in Italy wasn't sanctioned by the Vatican, and allegedly went on to abuse children in Pope Francis' native Argentina.

As of right now, chief investigating prosecutor Fabricio Sidoti shares that the men are accused of abusing at least eight children, fondling them and subjecting them to various forms of sexual intercourse over a decade., an online resource about clerical abuse, reported that Italian survivor groups told the Vatican in 2008 and 2014 about Corradi and others accused of molesting children at a school for the deaf in Verona.

"Words fail. It is appalling and heartbreaking that Corradi was not stopped by Pope Francis or by other Church authorities. Corradi's presence at the school in Mendoza was no secret," said Anne Barrett Doyle, co-director of Bishop Accountability.

The Vatican has yet to respond to the sexual abuse of the children.








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