- Jul 7, 2020
A young girl recounts her tale of sexual abuse for three years at the hands of the lay leader of a Catholic association in southern Italy.
An Italian court released the lay leader of a Catholic association from prison and placed him under house arrest as he awaits trial for having allegedly sexually abused at least six underage girls.
As lay group’s abuse trial nears in Italy, the question once more boils down to: Who do you believe?
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.