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Top bishop calls 'femicide' priest's comments 'sad'

Bagnasco says Corsi's stance also 'serious'

28 December, 14:58
Top bishop calls 'femicide' priest's comments 'sad' (ANSA) - Genoa, December 28 - Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, Archbishop of Genoa and President of the Italian Bishops' Conference (CEI) said on Friday that comments posted by a priest who stirred a nationwide row by suggesting women were responsible for violence against them was a "sad and serious thing".

A flyer displayed on the San Terenzo church bulletin board this week in the northern town of Lerici by Father Piero Corsi has caused an uproar for allegedly "encouraging" violence against women.

The priest entitled the leaflet "Women and femicide - healthy self-criticism. How often do they provoke?". Corsi on Thursday said his archbishop had advised him to take some time off for "reflection and rest".