Do similar situations prevail in Archdiocese of Bombay? Certainly. Stories of Priests’ affair with Parishioner are abundantly heard. Of course some of them could be baseless rumours. However, at least couple of incidents are in our know, of Blackmail by so called Victims. In one case, as per our information, an enquiry has been established by the Hierarchy. In another, the so called Victim succeeded in extracting her pound of flesh, in the form of a flat in a posh Building…GREG
Confession led to liaison then blackmail.
An illicit relationship that began in the confessional between an elderly Italian priest and a Gypsy woman from Romania nearly 50 years his junior resulted in more than $460,000 in blackmail payments to keep the woman quiet, Italian newspapers reported Tuesday (Sept. 17).
The reports say the relationship started four years ago with shared personal revelations in the confessional before evolving into a sexual affair and then an extortion racket that cost the priest at least 350,000 euros ($462,000).
At one point, the priest is reported to have handed over his entire monthly stipend to the woman, as well as an inheritance he received years earlier.
The payments reportedly began with the aim of helping the family of the cash-strapped woman but were soon made in order to prevent her from revealing evidence of the affair.
The woman, now 32 and identified in reports only by her first name, Ramona, has been detained by authorities on charges of extortion. The case was revealed after the now penniless 80-year-old priest filed a complaint detailing threats he received and the financial burden he suffered.
A person who answered the phone at the church where the affair started, the historic Santuario della Consolata in Turin, declined to comment. Law enforcement officials in Turin also refused to comment.
The woman is believed to be a Gypsy, also known as Roma, a nomadic ethnic group with roots across Eastern Europe.
Source: Religion News Service
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