When German monk Martin Luther pinned his Ninety-Five Theses to the door of the All Saints’ Church in 1517, he kicked off the Protestant Reformation.
Five centuries later, when Italian Catholic Priest Piero Corsi pinned a Christmas message to the door of his church in the small parish of San Terenzo, all he did was show off a frightening display of willful ignorance.
Corsi is facing a firestorm of deserved criticism after turning in some quality Blame the Victim work, saying women were to blame for domestic violence and sexual assault because they “provoke the worst instincts” in men.
How often do we see girls and mature women going around scantily dressed and in provocative clothes?
They provoke the worst instincts, which end in violence or sexual abuse. They should search their consciences and ask: did we bring this on ourselves?
Surely you are shocked that someone who takes clerical celibacy seriously doesn’t understand complex inter-sex relationships. But wait, it gets worse:
Is it possible that all of a sudden men have gone mad? We don’t believe it.
The fact is that women are increasingly provocative, they become arrogant, they believe themselves to be self-sufficient and end up exacerbating the situation.
Children are abandoned to their own devices, homes are dirty, meals are cold or fast food, clothes are filthy.
Corsi even noted that 118 women were killed in acts of domestic violence in Italy in 2012, and as many as 127 women had been murdered by men in 2010, the UN says. Chalk that up to “increasingly provocative” women?
The Journal.IE reported: “The region’s bishop, Luigi Ernesto Palletti, stepped in as the story went viral and said Corsi’s words were ‘unacceptable and go against the church’s common feeling on the matter.’”
Corsi denied reports that he intended to resign as priest: “After everything that’s happened, which has certainly been well beyond what I intended or expected, I think there’s need for calm, rest and silence to respond with the serenity and harmony required to carry on,” he said.
Catholic priests’ blame the victim mentality isn’t unique to inter-sex relationships, nor strictly adults. Rev. Benedict Groeschel, the 79-year-old host of a show on the Catholic television network EWTN, said the victims of “poor” Jerry Sandusky were seducers and aggressors.