- Jan 17, 2020
Documents obtained by Crux detail how Church authorities, and even the Vatican, were aware of some of the scandals and issues regarding a Catholic lay association in Sicily, whose leader today faces trial for allegedly abusing at least six underage girls.
The preliminary hearing in a trial of the leader of a Catholic lay association, who is charged with the sexual abuse of at least six underage girls, took place Nov. 4 in southern Italy. Three of the alleged victims took to the stand to testify to their accounts of the abuses which the accused was able to perpetrate for the better part of forty years with no ecclesiastic or governmental oversight.
The leader of a lay Catholic group in Sicily, arrested for allegedly abusing six underage girls, was able to create a system of connections and relationships with high ranking members of the judiciary and political system, which kept himself and the group immune from government and ecclesiastical oversight.
A lay Catholic association in southern Italy, under scrutiny after its leader was arrested on charges of sexually abusing up to six underage girls during a span of 25 years, managed to avoid being subjected to the authority of the local diocese — raising concerns about Church oversight over such groups.
Members of a Catholic spiritual movement in Italy are rallying around their leader who’s facing charges of sexual abuse against girls, some as young as 11 years old, but a police pre-trial report obtained by Crux tells a different story, suggesting the lay leader of the movement routinely asked girls for sexual favors and even fined them for refusing to comply.
The leader of a Catholic lay organization in Sicily, who proclaimed himself to be an Archangel, was arrested August 1 for sexually abusing at least six underage girls with the help of three female accomplices. The association was founded by renowned exorcist and ‘spiritual son’ of Padre Pio, Father Stefano Cavalli, who died in 2015.