Italian pastor jailed in sex abuse case, cardinal tells parishioners

Associated Press/May 16, 2011

Rome - Italy's top cardinal, in a message read yesterday at Mass, informed shocked faithful in a Genoa suburb that their longtime pastor has been jailed for investigation of pedophilia and giving drugs to a minor.

Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, archbishop of Genoa, also heads Italy's bishops conference. He had unexpectedly shown up at Saturday evening Mass in the church to express his “shame.'' Yesterday, his message denouncing the alleged “immoral behavior'' of the Rev. Riccardo Seppia was read to parishioners in Holy Spirit church in Sestri Ponente.

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