- Nov 24, 2020
A former bishop of a troubled diocese in Sicily, whose lay leader stands accused of sexual abuse against minors, denies knowledge of any issues within the group in the ’80s.
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.
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.
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.
As more details emerge about a Catholic lay movement in Sicily whose leader and three other top officials have been arrested and charged with sexual abuse of underage minor girls, the questions become: Should more have been done by Church authorities to disown the group, or did local bishops do everything one could reasonably ask?