Priest under fire after shocking statements made on live TV

Pope Francis Addresses Pedophilia Among Clergy
Pope Francis Addresses Pedophilia Among Clergy

With the recent attention on the Vatican and Pope Francis's controversial meeting with Kim Davis during his trip to the U.S., this latest news just adds more fuel to the metaphorical fire.

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Don Gino Flaim, of the San Giuseppe and Pio X parish in the Italian town of Trento, has been suspended from his parish after his scathing interview regarding homosexuality and pedophilia on live TV.

According to the International Business Times, Flaim told Italy's La7 that he "understands pedophilia" whereas "I'm not sure about homosexuality." He proceeds to say:

"Unfortunately there are children who seek affection because they don't receive it at home and I understand that some priests can give up," he said on La7 channel. "Paedophilia is a sin, and like all sins has to be accepted, also." He went on affirming that homosexuality "is a disease".

After the damning interview went live, Flaim was consequently suspended from his role in the parish.

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