Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Father Gabriele Amorth on What Happened to Emanuela Orlandi

The cleric "appointed by the late John Paul II as the Vatican’s chief exorcist" and who serves as "the honorary president of the International Association of Exorcists" has a somewhat surprising claim — Priest Claims Missing Teenage Girl Had Been Kidnapped ‘For Sex Parties by a Gang Involving Vatican Police and Foreign Diplomats’.

The first commenter notes, "Under the laws of the Vatican State, the age of consent is 12 years — and nobody is making a fuss about it." The age of consent law comes from Italian civil law, which the Holy See follows for convenience sake, and this blogger does not think such laws in foreign countries are something to fly into a moral panic about. (Finding out one's own daughter is giving consent at that age, however, certainly would be.) It does not follow that every sinful activity must be criminalized.

Kidnapping, of course, is a serious matter. However, its definition can be a bit fluid; Laura María Agustín was recently quoted on these pages as noting that '"child sex trafficking' surely constitutes the most vibrant panic of the last few years, despite a lack of evidence that it actually exists (what does exist are teens who leave home)" — Sex Panic and the Punitive State.

Whatever the case, may this poor girl's soul find rest and may justice be done.

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