Father Tony Anatrella, prohibited from priestly ministry in 2018, was among attendees at the Vatican's symposium on the priesthood.
Suspected of sexual abuse and banned from ministry, Father Tony Anatrella — who has always denied the charges against him — has been seen attending a symposium on the priesthood being held at the Vatican. Organizers stated that the priest was not invited and simply registered on his own accord for the event, which concludes February 19.
While the Church intends to fight against the abuses committed in its midst, the presence of this 81-year-old priest, sanctioned by the Archbishop of Paris in 2018 and under the shadow of a canonical trial since 2021, raised eyebrows among the 400 or so participants.
“Stupefaction” and “dismay”: These are the terms used by a bishop participating in the symposium when he noticed the presence of Father Anatrella. The priest, who is a psychoanalyst and was once dubbed the “shrink of the Church,” attended the first two days of the symposium.
When asked about the arrival of the French priest, Cardinal Marc Ouellet explained that his office had not been in charge of registration for the event. Father Tony Anatrella had not been invited, he explained, but simply registered and showed up.
Other religious are reporting that Father Anatrella, had been invited.