75-year-old Don Gino Flaim, a Catholic priest from Trento, Italy, has been dismissed following a live TV interview in which he blamed children for the actions of pedophiles. Flaim suggested that the children are to blame because they tempt priests into sexual relationships.
“I can understand pedophilia,” he told La7, an Italian television channel. “I’ve been in lots of schools and I know children. Unfortunately there are some children who look for affection because they don’t get it at home. And perhaps if they find a priest [in whom to confide]… he might succumb. And I understand this.”
When the reporter asked if he was suggesting that children were at fault, he responded, “For a large part, yes.” He did add, however, that he does not condone sexual abuse.
"Pedophilia is a sin, and like all sins has to be accepted, also."
Adding insult to injury, the priest then added that homosexuality was a “disease” or a “sickness.”
Immediately following the televised interview, Flaim was dismissed from his position at the parish of San Giuseppe.
The Archdiocese of Trento said in a statement on the church’s website: “We disassociate ourselves completely from the remarks made by this priest. He expressed views which do not represent in any way the position of the archdiocese.”
Check out the television interview below: