INTERNATIONAL: Pope calls for severe punishment for child molesters

INTERNATIONAL: Pope calls for severe punishment for child molesters
Pope Francis. RICCARDO DE LUCA/AP
Pope Francis. RICCARDO DE LUCA/AP
Pope Francis. RICCARDO DE LUCA/AP

JAMAICA GLEANER – Pope Francis called for “severe punishment” for paedophiles yesterday after new details emerged in Italy of the 2014 death of a six-year-old girl who is alleged to have been thrown from an eighth-storey balcony by her abuser.

“This is a tragedy. We should not tolerate the abuse of minors,” Francis said, departing from prepared remarks at his weekly Sunday message and blessing to tens of thousands of people in St Peter’s Square.

“We must protect minors and severely punish abusers,” he said. Though the Catholic Church itself has been rocked by its own abuse scandals, he did not mention them yesterday as he has in the past.

Italians have been shocked as details emerged in the case of Fortuna, who died in June 2014 after a fall from an eighth-storey balcony in Naples.

After re-opening the case, police charged a 43-year-old-man with having thrown the girl to her death in a housing block in a rough area of the city after raping her. Police said they suspected he killed her so she would not talk.

The man, who has also been accused of molesting other children and is now in prison in Rome, has denied the charges.

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  1. I hope he's not talking about "child molesters" as 18-year-old males who are in mutual relationships with 15 to 17-year-old females, as what the American and Canadian feminist movements define as child molestation.

    On the contrary, the feminist movement and the Roman Catholic Church tend to turn a blind eye on female teachers who use the class time to engage in sexual intercourse with underaged students, or when Popes sodomize little boys in the confession booth.

    One famous child molester was Mary Kay Letourneau, who later became a celebrity by the feminist movement who appear to condone female teachers who sex the small students.

    "Mary Kay Fualaau (née Schmitz, formerly Mary Kay Letourneau; born January 30, 1962) is an American former schoolteacher who pleaded guilty to two counts of felony second degree rape of a child, her 12-year-old student, Vili Fualaau. Her plea agreement called for six months in jail, with three months suspended, and no contact with Fualaau for life. One month after her release from jail, she was caught by police with Fualaau. Judge Linda Lau found that she was in violation of the conditions of the plea agreement, vacated it and re-sentenced her to seven years in prison. She was incarcerated from 1998 to 2004."

    It doesn't matter how desperate the feminists in the USA and Canada are in imposing feminist laws like "18 should be the age of sexual consent" in the Caribbean islands because the female teachers and sodomites will continue to molest very young children, while at the same token, call for the blood of the 18-year-old male who has a 15-year-old girlfriend because "18 is the age of consent". The feminists have a very warped agenda to be policing the bodies of teenage girls while encouraging female teachers to molest young boys, total hypocrisy.

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  2. The pope is out of place since he should not be calling for punishment of anybody. Jesus never did that and I don't know if he had departed with Christ. However let the ordinary people like me decide what should be done with this perpetrator. I don't advocate killing people however he could put in isolation for repentence and reflection for the rest of his life. We never gave life so we are in no position to take life.

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  3. Start by letting members of your church face the courts for the uncountable atrocities committed against all the little boys and girls all over the world.

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  4. BIG UP 2 DA POPE I AGREE ONE HUNDRED DEY MUST BE DEALT WITH SERIOUSLY OTHERWISE THEYLL KEEP DOING IT & THEY WILL ANSWER TO GOD THE MOST HIGH I GUARANTEE U

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  5. Before reading the body of the Gleaner article, here's my first interpretation of the headline, "Pope calls for severe punishment for child molesters":

    "Pope Calls for 90% Downsizing of Priests Around the World"

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