An Italian priest has said on Facebook that he doesn’t feel sorry for a girl raped in a train carriage after getting drunk.
“I’m sorry but if you swim in a piranha tank you can’t complain when you’re missing a limb when you get out,” said Father Lorenzo Guidotti, a parish priest in Bologna.
“Should I feel pity? No!!. I keep that for those who are really VICTIMS of a sh***ily run city, not for those who live like barbarians with barbarians and then complain when they discover they haven’t been treated civilly. Those who CHOOSE the GETWRECKED culture should let others ‘enjoy themselves too”.
The archdiocese of Bologna said Father Guidotti’s views did not reflect its thinking. Father Guidotti’s views “are personal opinions which do not in any way reflect the thinking and the assessment of the Church, which condemns all kinds of violence,” the archdiocese said in a statement. The diocese, led by Msgr Matteo Zuppi, also published a statement from Father Guidotti in which he apologised to the girl.
“I was wrong with my intervention, the terms, the ways, the corrections. I can only therefore apologise to her and her parents if my imprudent words may have added pain, which will happen in reading them,” said Father Guiditti. The priest said he recognised he had “expressed himself in an inappropriate way and intended to clarify his thinking”. He however appealed to the authorities and young people to combat what he called the ‘get high’ culture that he said was endangering young people.