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Italian priest justifies paedophilia but thinks homosexuality is unacceptable

An Italian priest has justified paedophilia in the clergy on live TV while blaming children “who seek affection” for tempting adults.

Don Gino Flaim, 75, of the diocese of Trento in Northern Italy, has been removed from his position and banned from preaching since his comments were aired on the private La 7 network on Tuesday.

In the TV interview, Flaim had said: “Unfortunately there are children who seek affection because they don’t get it at home and then if they find some priest he can even give in to the temptation. I understand this.”

Asked if he believed the children were in any way responsible, he said: “In many cases, yes.” He further disgusted viewers by adding, “Paedophilia is a sin, and like all sins has to accepted, also.”

While Flaim said that he could “understand” paedophilia, he was not so forgiving of the LGBT community, saying he could not understand the “sickness” of homosexuality.

The priest’s statements caused outrage across Italy – with many calling for his expulsion from the church. The diocese distanced itself from the comments, stating that Flaim’s opinions ran counter “to the sentiments of the entire church community” on child sex abuse.

Flaim’s opinions also run directly counter to Pope Francis’, who last month revealed he had met with survivors of clergy sex abuse while in the US and publicly vowed to hold those involved in both the abuse and its cover up to account.

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  1. Good God, man! At least have the decency to properly come of the closet as a paedophile.

  2. I’m no longer disappointed or surprised when I see things like this, I gave up trying to understand a long time ago.An ordained priest!!!

  3. Wait, what?

  4. So,what he’s saying is, these children/toddlers seduce/coerce the adults into having sex with them, thus if anyone should be blamed,it’s the children(/toddlers),cos those adults are just innocent victims of the calculative manipulation of children? I can’t!(Anybody that “can”,should, but me I can’t…I just cant!)

  5. On some dausdays, you’ll think you’re ready for the headlines of the day but nothing can prepare one for this shocking headline, nothing at all.

  6. *gapes in shock

  7. The world has officially come to an end.. #shocked beyond words.

  8. Is it sexual love that the children lack at home? Shame on you, Flaim

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