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Catholic Priest Blames 'Filthy Clothes and Cold Food' for Murder of Women

2:20 pm - 12/27/2012

Widespread outrage has been sparked by an Italian priest's Christmas message in which he claimed that women triggered men's violence by wearing "filthy clothes" and serving "cold suppers".

Father Piero Corsi put up a leaflet on his church's notice board in the small seaside town of San Terenzio near La Spezia in northwestern Italy, asserting that 118 women killed by men in Italy in 2012 was caused by the victims themselves.

"Is it possible that men have turn crazy all of a sudden? We don't believe so. The point is that more and more women provoke, fall into arrogance, believe [themselves] to be independent and exacerbate tensions," the leaflet read.

"Children are left outside alone, homes are dirty, meals are served cold or are fast-food-like, clothing is filthy," Corsi wrote. "They [women] trigger the worst instincts, leading to violence and sexual abuse. They should do a self-examination and think: did we ask for it?"

A scan of the leaflet was posted online and triggered a wave of outrage. Corsi's Facebook page was flooded with angry comments and was shut down. 

Maria Carnieri, head of Telefono Rosa, an NGO fighting violence against women, called for the Pope and Italian Prime Minster Mario Monti to intervene.

La Spezia bishop Luigi Ernesto Palletti ordered the leaflet to be removed and distanced himself from Corsi. The priest's words, he said, were "contrary to the church's common feeling on the matter".

But Corsi told Radio Rai: "I don't know if you are a faggot or not but what do you feel when you see a naked woman? Is it not a woman's violence [sic] to unveil herself that way?"

In La Repubblica newspaper he said his words "had been exploited by liar journalists for whom jail wouldn't be an adequate sentence since they deserve the death penalty".

He later issued an apology and said he would quit the priesthood, due to the "pain and regret" he felt for the "controversy caused by his imprudent provocation", but then backtracked and denied both the apology and any intention of resigning.

Paletti suggested that Corsi takes a few days' holiday instead, La Repubblica reported.

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kyra_neko_rei 27th-Dec-2012 07:05 pm (UTC)
I thought the Catholic Church was against capital punishment?

I don't recall hearing any exceptions if it's extrajudicial punishment for things that aren't actually against the law. There's no "capital punishment is a sin against the sanctity of life, but it's totes okay when delivered upon your wife if she doesn't do the laundry."

Asshole. Go break celibacy with a chili pepper.

Edited at 2012-12-27 07:10 pm (UTC)
lickety_split 27th-Dec-2012 07:34 pm (UTC)
I thought the Catholic Church was against capital punishment?

Come on now, Catholics will get behind anything that results in death.
furrygreen 27th-Dec-2012 08:22 pm (UTC)
MTE. I've never heard of the idea that the Catholic Church values life and/or has done away with capital punishment. That certainly hasn't been the modus operandi for most of its history, anyway.
kyra_neko_rei 28th-Dec-2012 12:00 am (UTC)
I keep hearing that the Catholic Church opposes capital punishment because they are pro-life, but never getting any answers for why they aren't fighting against it anywhere near as strongly as they fight against abortion.

I've never heard of the idea that the Catholic Church values life

By any standard of effectiveness, they pretty much don't, but I've never heard them shut up about "valuing life."
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