From the Link: http://www.thelocal.it/20160614/ignorant-church-slammed-after-denying-communion-to-autistic-italian-child
The 55-year-old, from Corna di Darfo parish near the Lombardy city of Brescia, allegedly abused the boy, of foreign origin, from when he was aged 12 until he reached 14.
The priest, who has been suspended from the parish, is alleged to have said to the child that if he told anyone about the abuse then he would go to hell.
The boy, who attended the parish in order to be baptized, eventually confided in a priest in Milan, who told him to tell police.
Some 850 priests have been defrocked for child abuse over the last decade, but according to research conducted earlier this year by L’Abuso, an Italian association for the victims of paedophilia by priests, many have not been brought to justice.
Mauro Inzoli, 66, was defrocked in 2012 after he was first accused of paedophilia but that decision was reversed in 2014, when Pope Francis ordered him to stay away from minors and retire to “a life of prayer and humble discretion.”
An outcry over Inzoli’s treatment led to criminal proceedings being initiated against him in the northern Italian town of Cremona but the Church has reportedly refused to hand over details of its own investigation.
“But religion is about heart, not mind. This only happens because there is so much ignorance around autism. We can’t go on like this and need to end discrimination.”
In the wake of Faraone’s comments, Father Scibilia told Corriere that he “was ready to celebrate the child” and has denied resisting her parents’ requests to allow her to take her first Communion.