“Suffer the little children to come unto Me”


Paedophile priests, teachers at the Anonio Provolo Institute for the deaf   in Italy and Argentina  designed  ‘special secret signs’ to initiate sexual abuse of boys, as young as 11 years old. The signs were designed to remain incomprehensible  to those who could understand sign language ensuring secrecy was maintained.The priests had no fear of being caught as  the children were deaf and mute and unable to call for help. Noone could hear the screams of those being abused. Guiseppe, abused for seven years from the age of 11 described how he could not at first understand the meaning of the signs  ‘Then one day it became very clear when one of the priests made the secret sign for fellatio when we were alone, which was followed by him pushing his erect penis into my mouth.’   Priests would make one of the signs to indicate that a boy was taken to appointed rooms under the guise of ‘time out’ or to rest. ‘Sometimes you would see priests coming into the dormitory at night, or you would see friends with tears rolling down their faces and you knew exactly what had just happened. You didn’t need to hear to know.’  Attempts by children to alert parents by writing letters failed because mail had to be given to the abusers making it possible to intercept the letters.



When allegations of abuse at the Provolo Institute first emerged in the mid-1980s, Father Nicola Corradi, now 83, was named as one of the perpetrators. Rather than defrock him or turn him over to the police the bishop transferred him. In 2012 (during the pontificate of Pope Benedict) The Congregation for the Defense of the Faith determined that Corradi had sexually abused deaf and mute children in Italy. The Vatican sanctioned four priests but Carradi went unpunished and relocated to Argentina where he  took up employment at the Argentine Antonio Provolo Institute for hearing impaired children where he continued his acts of systematic abuse. The Argentine Conference of Bishops, then headed by Cardinal Bergoglio (today Pope Francis) made no inquiries as children again stepped forward courageously to allege rape and sexual abuse by Fr. Corradi and another priest and staff members

in 2016 Argentine police arrested  Fr. Nicola Carradi and Rev. Horacio Corbacho along with three other men over allegations relating to the abuse of 22 deaf and mute children, spanning three decades. When the police raided the school they found pornography and about $34,000 in Rev. Corradi’s room.  Children said priests Nicola Corradi and the Rev. Horacio Corbacho repeatedly raped them by an image of the Virgin Mary inside the small school chapel. Abuse by priests is also alleged to have taken place in the confessional, and in the bathrooms, dorms, garden and a basement at the school. One of the alleged victims has stated that she witnessed how a girl was raped by one priest while the other one forced her to give him oral sex. Another witness said  “They always said it was a game: ‘Let’s go play, let’s go play’ and they would take us to the girls’ bathroom” At least 24 children came forward to report abuse at the school.  May 2017: A Roman Catholic nun was arrested, accused of helping five priests sexually abuse deaf children at the Argentine Provolo Institute. Kosaka Kumiko, 42, allegedly helped the priests cover up anal and vaginal rapes, fondling and oral sex. Authorities began investigating Kumiko when a former student claimed she made her wear a nappy to cover up bleeding after she was raped.

Guiseppe is one of 67 named survivors in the Court case now proceeding after a decade of investigation.

See: Letters to priests –  All roads lead to Rome

“I never screamed..I could not speak”   

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