By: Robin Murray-o'hair Re: Saints and Sinners SAINTS AND SINNERS The Roman Catholic churc

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By: Robin Murray-o'hair Re: Saints and Sinners SAINTS AND SINNERS The Roman Catholic church is currently in hot water in the U.S., Ireland, and Australia because of the sexual antics of its priests. But a new book reaffirms that these scandals are nothing new. "Saints and Sinners" by Filippo Tamburini, a 70-year-old priest, documents clerical crime from previous centuries. Culled from public statements of penitence from sinners given to the Sacred Penitentiary, a kind of Vatican court, the crimes include murder, infanticide, witchcraft, and illicit sex. The source documents are from the years 1451 to 1586. Among the tales is that of Sister Biagina, who bore and then killed two children. Tamburini culled the statements from the archives of the Penitentiary, where he worked for 12 years before retiring. The Vatican has condemned the book, but the initial printing of 2000 copies by the Instituto di Propaganda Libraria has sold out. Source: Detroit News, 3/18/95

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