August 6, 2007 Anno Domini
Translated from the Russian
Father Gelmino, suspected of sexually harassing teenagers, claims that Jews who hate the Christian church are behind the campaign against him. The priest has connections with the political elite of Italy, so his words served as a pretext for a scandal.
The priest leads a community helping drug addicts. Some time ago, he was accused of sexually harassing teenagers. He categorically denies that such a thing happened, while blaming the Jews.
“Look at the use of scandals with pedophile priests in the U.S. The whole church does not have to pay the price for this. There is a real lobby, a radical Jewish lobby that fights against the church in America to weaken the entire church. Catholic priests are not only pedophiles. such people are everywhere, including among Protestants, “he said, criticizing the decision of the Catholic Church to pay compensation to victims of sexual harassment by priests.
The priest was condemned by both the Jewish community of Italy and Italian politicians. After a flurry of criticism, he had to apologize.
“It escaped by accident. I ask the Jews to forgive me, I respect them very much,” Father Gelmino said.