• Lay group’s tale one of exorcisms, power struggles and abuse charges

    Lay group’s tale one of exorcisms, power struggles and abuse charges

    • Sep 2, 2017

    A lay Catholic association founded by an unlicensed exorcist in the small Sicilian town of Aci Bonaccorsi is under scrutiny after its leader was arrested for sexually abusing at least six underage girls. A Crux investigation led to the further discovery of ‘bizarre happenings’ in the local church of Lavina for more than 40 years, where the lay group was able to act largely without any ecclesiastical or governmental oversight.