lunes, mayo 15, 2006

Sacerdote declarado culpable por asesinato ritual de monja en EU

Quizá recuerden el caso del sacerdote católico, Gerald Robinson, que discutimos aquí. Hace poco entró a juicio por el asesinato ritual de una religiosa, dentro de una capilla, ocurrido hace 20 años...

Bueno, el juicio terminó. Y Jeff Wells comenta:

a decision's been reached in the trial of Toledo priest Gerald Robinson. And it's guilty:

"The Rev. Gerald Robinson appeared stony-faced as the jury's guilty verdict was read, and he blinked repeatedly and glanced at his lawyers before being led away in handcuffs.


The crime occurred in the sacristy adjoining the hospital chapel in downtown Toledo on the Saturday before Easter in 1980. Investigators said the nun, Margaret Ann Pahl, 71, was strangled and then stabbed, with nine wounds on her chest forming the shape of an inverted cross, a well-recognized Satanic symbol.

An altar cloth was draped over her half-naked body, which was posed as if she had been sexually assaulted.

"It was about how he could humiliate her the most," prosecutor Dean Mandros said in closing arguments. "He left a message for everyone to see … maybe to God himself."

After the sentencing one of Robinson's tearful supporters "turned to Claudia Vercellotti, a local leader of the Survivors Network for Those Abused by Priests [SNAP], who had helped reopen the case, and told her, 'I hope you rot in hell!'"

From SNAP's statement on the Robinson conviction:

More than ever, police and prosecutors have the tools and the will to go after horrific crimes, even when the defendants are seemingly powerful individuals or institutions.

When victims and witnesses stay silent, nothing changes. When victims and witnesses speak up, at least sometimes a child is protected, the truth is exposed, and justice is done.

The murder weapon, Robinson's letter opener:

Y parece ser que en Roma están en control de daños, ante escándalos causados por homofobia - de la misma iglesia para variar - en Londres y el Vaticano... La homofobia es una arma de doble filo, y en un mundo cada vez más democrático, es previsible que lo que uno siembre, coseche...

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