Father Riccardo Seppia, a 51-year-old parish priest in the village of Sastri Ponente, near Genoa, was arrested last Friday, May 13, on pedophilia and drug charges. Investigators say that in tapped mobile-phone conversations, Seppia asked a Moroccan drug dealer to arrange sexual encounters with young and vulnerable boys.
“I do not want 16-year-old boys but younger. Fourteen-year-olds are O.K. Look for needy boys who have family issues,” he allegedly said.
Genoa Archbishop Angelo Bagnasco, who is the head of the Italian Bishops Conference, had been working with Benedict to establish a tough new worldwide policy, released this week, on how bishops should handle accusations of priestly sex abuse.
According to investigators, Seppia told a friend — a former seminarian and barman who is currently under investigation — that the town’s malls were the best places to entice minors. In tapped phone conversations the two cursed and swore against God. The priest is charged with having attempted to kiss and touch an underage altar boy and of having exchanged cocaine for sexual intercourse with boys over 18.
Seppia’s defense lawyers are expected to argue that those conversations — monitored since Oct. 20, 2010 — were just words, sex games that were played by adults. It was just a game even when he claimed to have “kissed on the mouth” a 15-year-old altar boy, according to the defense.
For the record, the altar boy confirmed that the kisses did in fact happen, and that this completely f’ed up “sex game played by adults” had real life repercussions. While lying is also a sin, we imagine the type of priest willing to drug and molest children probably is too far past the line of morality to even notice, let alone care about adhering to Christian ethics.
And again, Seppia served as Pope Benedict’s official advisor on pedophilia. Who better to instruct the Vatican on how to make sex crimes committed by clergy disappear then a child-raping pedophile himself?
On a final note, the Catholic Church has employed more sex offenders than any corporation or organization in the entire history of the world. Just a little food for thought.