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May 10, 2021

Swiss Catholic priest blackmailed by gay Romanian partner

The cleric, belonging to Balerna diocese in the southern canton of Ticino has allegedly received life threats from a Romanian gay escort who was angry for not receiving pay for sexual services. This comes against a troubled context having the Roman-Catholic Church at the core of a major clergy sexual abuse scandal, Ticinonews website reports. Scared by his threats, the priest went to the Police. One of the diocese’s higher ranks, Bishop Pier Giacomo Grampa reassured it was not a criminal matter, stressing that he had received no notice from the Police. ‘I do not intend to make any decision in the case. I respect people’s private affairs. I miss the times when one would confess to his sin in the confessionary rather than newspapers’, the bishop notes. However, Grampa suggested a psychological assessment for priest candidates to prevent cases of paedophilia. The press has exposed a series of sex abuses within the Catholic Church in Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, Ireland, the US, Italy and Switzerland lately.

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