Priest who said women encouraged 'femicide' returns to Mass
After pause for thought, Father Piero Corsi back on the job21 January, 17:51
Father Piero Corsi, whose duties were suspended after his remarks shocked parishioners and international audiences alike, returned to his work Sunday as the parish priest of San Terenzo di Lerici in the region of La Spezia in northwestern Italy.
Corsi triggered controversy shortly before Christmas when he posted a flyer on the San Terenzo church bulletin board, suggesting that women provoked violence against them.
His leaflet entitled: "Women and femicide - healthy self-criticism. How often do they provoke?," caused an uproar.
In response, Corsi said his archbishop had advised him to take some time off for "reflection and rest".
Corsi decided he had had enough time off and returned to his parish to officiate at Sunday Mass.
There was no response from Church officials.