Ladaria Accused of Covering up Homosexual Abuses

Ladaria Accused of Covering up Homosexual Abuses

The anti-Church Italian La Repubblica [Non denunciò il prete pedofilo: quell’ombra nel passato del nuovo capo del Sant’Uffizio], which is very close to Pope Francis, accuses the new Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Archbishop Luis Ladaria, of bearing a “direct responsibility” for the abuse of Italian children.

In March 2012 Ladaria signed a document defrocking Gianni Trotta, a former priest and member of the Sons of Divine Providence, who sexually abused minors. The matter was never made public or reported to Italian authorities.

Trotta went on becoming a coach of a junior soccer team where he continued abusing minors. In July 2016 he was sent to prison for crimes against a 12-year-old. A second trial will soon take place.

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4 comments on “Ladaria Accused of Covering up Homosexual Abuses

  1. More details from The Times of London:

    Archbishop accused of abuse cover-up

    Philip Willan, Rome
    July 3 2017

    The Pope’s battle to reform the Catholic Church risks a serious setback as allegations emerge that his choice for leader of the Vatican’s doctrinal watchdog failed to report a serial sex abuser, allowing the defrocked priest to commit new crimes.

    On Saturday the Vatican announced that Luis Ladaria Ferrer, a Spanish Jesuit, would lead the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. He succeeds Cardinal Gerhard Müller of Germany, who was denied another five-year term because he was perceived to be dragging his feet on action against paedophile priests, and is thought to oppose the Pope’s compassionate approach to sexual morality.

    Archbishop Ladaria wrote to the bishop of Foggia in 2012 instructing him not to divulge the reasons why Father Gianni Trotta had been stripped of his priesthood “so as to avoid scandal”, according to claims published today in the Italian newspaper La Repubblica and the online edition of L’Espresso magazine. The letter, written in Latin, was allegedly signed by William Joseph Levada, the American cardinal who was then head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and by Archbishop Ladaria, his deputy.

    The congregation received complaints against Trotta in 2009 and three years later found him guilty of sexually abusing minors, demoting him from the priesthood but failing to inform the Italian authorities.

    Church officials are not obliged to report allegations of abuse by priests to the judicial authorities, under a 1929 treaty between Italy and the Vatican, but the letter said that the local bishop could publicise the accusations “if there is a danger of minors being abused”.

    Trotta continued to present himself as a priest and became the coach of a youth football team, where he is alleged to have abused about a dozen boys aged 11 and 12. “If the congregation and Ladaria had informed the police, these children would have been safe,” said Emiliano Fittipaldi, the L’Espresso journalist who published details of the letter. “He concealed serious crimes from the Italian police until a few years ago. He allowed dangerous people to remain at large. This is Ladaria, there is a shadow over him from the very beginning of his new appointment.”

    Trotta was sentenced to eight years imprisonment in 2015 for sexual violence against an 11-year-old boy and for the production and distribution of child pornography. He faces further charges of abusing another 11 children.

    Greg Burke, a Vatican spokesman, said yesterday that he had no comment on the allegations.

  2. This is rich! Levada wrote the coverup request in Latin!? And Ladaria was his second? And by the way, who appointed these bastions of homo-orthodoxy?

    Paging Phil Lawler. Remember back in 2005, Phil was beside himself when Ratzinger appointed Levada:
    Catholic World News News Feature
    Archbishop Levada: the Pope’s surprising choice May 14, 2005

    Excerpts here show Levada to be homo-sympathizer and a persecutor of a whistle-blower:

    How has the archbishop himself handled the sex-abuse issue? The Portland archdiocese, which he led from 1986 to 1996, is now bankrupt because of payments won in court by abuse victims. Several of the devastating lawsuits against the archdiocese involved priests who were restored to parish work by Archbishop Levada after having been accused of molesting children, or protected from criminal prosecution when their misdeed came to the archbishop’s attention.

    In San Francisco, too, the archbishop has been roundly denounced by sex-abuse victims for what they see as his uncooperative attitude in efforts to identify and punish clerical abusers. Virtually every bishop in America has heard such complaints from the lawyers for sex-abuse victims, whose efforts to gain access to all chancery files inevitably clash with the Church’s need for confidentiality. But some of the criticism raised against Archbishop Levada has also come from neutral parties. For example James Jenkins, a layman chosen by the archbishop to chair an independent review board examining child-abuse allegations, eventually resigned in protest, charging that Levada had stymied the work of the board through “deception, manipulation, and control.” In his most notorious effort to silence complaints of clerical misconduct, Archbishop Levada ordered Father John Conley to stop making public accusations against another cleric, Father James Aylward. Despite the archbishop’s admonitions, Father Conley persisted in his complaints. Eventually Father Aylward– the accused abuser– was quietly transferred to another parish while Father Conley– the accuser– was suspended from priestly ministry. (The archdiocese insisted that the reasons for Father Conley’s suspension were unrelated to his whistle-blowing activities.)

    The incident ended in utter disaster for the San Francisco archdiocese. The archdiocese paid Father Aylward $750,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by a young man against Father Aylward. Father Conley also sued his archbishop, claiming that he had been unfairly stripped of his priestly ministry. He, too, won a financial settlement, along with an official acknowledgment from the archdiocese that “Father Conley was right in what he did” when he reported to police when he witnessed Father Aylward’s wrestling with a teenage boy. That concession was all the more noteworthy because, in a deposition, Archbishop Levada had testified that he would not have reported the incident to police.

    One final, particularly telling indication of the San Francisco archbishop’s attitude toward sex-abuse crisis can be seen in his response to the scandal that shook the neighboring Santa Rosa diocese. In 1999, Bishop Patrick Ziemann of Santa Rosa was forced to resign when it came to light that he had blackmailed a priest to serve as his on-call homosexual partner. Archbishop Levada stepped into the breach as temporary apostolic administrator of the Santa Rosa diocese, where he forced to deal not only with the former bishop’s tawdry history of sexual misconduct, but also with profligate spending that had left the little diocese with a massive $30 million debt.

    As Bishop Ziemann left Santa Rosa in disgrace, Archbishop Levada pointedly refrained from condemning him; on the contrary he asked the faithful to join him “in thanking [Ziemann] for the energy and gifts he has shared far and wide.” Resisting efforts for public disclosure of diocesan records, Archbishop Levada announced that the diocesan debt was the result of “poor investment decisions.” At a public forum in the Santa Rosa diocese in February 2000, the archbishop rebuked laymen who called for criminal prosecution of Bishop Ziemann. “It’s very inappropriate to call for the bishop to go to jail,” he said.

    In his response to the sex-abuse crisis Archbishop Levada has shown a distinct bias toward protecting clerics– and especially his fellow bishops– rather than satisfying victims and reassuring the faithful. In his response to public debates on Church teachings, he has shown an instinct for tactical diplomacy rather than bold confrontation. Presumably Pope Benedict XVI felt that this knack for compromise was a desirable quality, to be sought in the new prefect for the CDF.

  3. Joe Paterno: I know you have problems, but can you just help me out? I mean, the football program. We didn’t do anything wrong. I didn’t know what the kid meant about Sandusky in the shower anyhow.

    Bishop Adamec: I’ll try, Joe, but my lawyer told me to shut up about any abuse stuff. Here’s an idea. I’ll write the NCAA in Latin and have Bill Levada sign it. We’re going to keep your statue where it belongs, Joe.

  4. Well, Ladaria is a Jesuit.
    Ladaria was appointed by Francis.
    What else did we need to know to know that Ladaria would be a disaster?

    Mark my words, we’ll see future confirmation that Ladaria is just another Judas, like his master.

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