ITALY- Francesco Zanardi case
Here are three documents about the Francesco Zanardi case.
(Zanardi has many more.)
One is reportedly a 2003 letter from then-Bishop Calcagno to then-Cardinal Ratzinger asking what to do about Fr. Giraudo because of his alleged sexual abuses of Savona children.
Two others are reportedly documents written by Savona church officials about Fr. Giraudo's personal history, and reportedly includes this sentence: "Nulla è trapelato sui giornali e non ci sono denunce in corso," essentially meaning "so far nothing of this case came out in the newspapers and none of the abused have pressed charges."
For more info on the case, please see our EVENTS section.
Click below to find the three documents about the Francesco Zanardi case:
Following is a rough translation of a letter from Cardinal Calcagno to then-Cardinal Ratzinger in 2003 (note: this is a translated piece and should not be considered verbatim):
Your Holy Eminence,
I present to you, full of sorrow, the case of Fr. Giraudo, a priest of this diocese.
I enclose a copy of his cirrculum vitae prepared by the vicar general, monsignor Andrea Giusto. At the moment, the priest has left the parish in Feglino and the accommodation "the lantern" at my request. Actually he's transferred to a parish in Noli and is entrusted to a priest, Fr. Pinetto.
The attached documentation will help you better understand the details: I ask for advice on what to do. Intending the priest continues with pastoral commitment, wherever possible, I intend to avoid that he has contact with children and adolescents.
Thank you, I offer my feelings of respect.
+ Domonico Calcagno
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
Note to Letter Writers
Use your own words and style of writing. Cut and paste from the templates as you wish. Include your experiences, whether as a survivor or as a member of the community. And relate your letter to the state you were abused in or state now living in.