USA: Prete accusato di molestie su minori potrebbe aver trasmesso Hiv/Aids a proprie vittime
Pubblicato il 17 Febbraio 2008, Domenica di illuminato
Un altro terribile capitolo nella storia dei preti cattolici pedofili. Un prete accusato di molestie e violenze sessuali su minori, secondo fonti ufficiali della diocesi di Fort Worth (Texas), sarebbe affetto da Aids.
Il parroco, Philip Magaldi, espulso dalla Chiesa dopo le accuse rivoltegli da almeno cinque minori, avrebbe parlato della propria malattia con i dirigenti della diocesi. Questi ultimi avrebbero quindi invitato tutte le vittime del prete a mettersi in contatto con la diocesi. E’ infatti possibile che il pastore cattolico abbia trasmesso la malattia alle proprie vittime.
Fonte: Aduc – 16 febbraio 2008
Accused priest has HIV, says church
Alleged abuse victims notified
The Monterey County Herald
Article Last Updated: 02/16/2008 01:35:44 AM PST
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A former priest accused of sexually abusing children in two states is HIV positive, Catholic diocese officials said Thursday.
Last week, a leader in the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth heard someone mention that the Rev. Philip A. Magaldi has the virus that causes AIDS, said diocese spokesman Pat Svacina. The diocese leader then got verbal confirmation from Magaldi as well as a letter from his doctor who said he has HIV, Svacina said. Church officials said they believe he has been HIV positive since 2003.
The diocese alerted the alleged victims — at least five minors in two states — and the parishes where Magaldi served for nearly four decades, Svacina said.
Magaldi, 71, lives in a retirement center; diocese officials declined to disclose where. He has previously said he was innocent of the sexual abuse allegations, for which he has not been charged.
The diocese does not know if Magaldi has a lawyer, Svacina said.
Magaldi was removed as a priest in 1999 amid claims of sexual misconduct in Providence, R.I., where he served from 1960-90, and the Fort Worth area, where he served from 1990-92 and 1993-99.
He was out of the ministry while serving a brief stint in prison in 1992 after embezzling about $200,000 from his Rhode Island parish, officials said.
In 2006, a pastor at a North Richland Hills Church apologized to the congregation amid reports that he didn’t tell police in 2001 after learning of inappropriate material involving minors on a computer used by Magaldi. Magaldi was associate pastor of the church the last six years of his ministry.
David Clohessy, national director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, urged the dioceses to aggressively seek out potential victims. He said it’s impossible to know the number of victims because many children and teens abused by priests don’t ever come forward.
“There’s a real chance of someone suffering not only a horrific childhood trauma but also a current adult infection because of this priest,” Clohessy said.
Magaldi is one of six priests in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth accused of abusing minors, according to 700 pages of previously secret files that were part of a sexual abuse lawsuit settled in 2005. The documents were released by a judge last year.
In Rhode Island, three separate allegations were reported in 1998, 2002 and last year against Magaldi.
Bishop Kevin Vann of the Fort Worth diocese is flying to Rome next week to ask the Vatican to expedite the process of having Magaldi defrocked, which would remove him from clerical status, Svacina said.