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  • Accusers describe abuse in court hearing for Italian ‘Archangel’

    Accusers describe abuse in court hearing for Italian ‘Archangel’

    • Nov 8, 2017

    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.

  • Unpacking the ‘strong powers’ insulating lay group charged with abuse

    Unpacking the ‘strong powers’ insulating lay group charged with abuse

    • Sep 5, 2017

    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.

  • Canonist warns Church oversight of troubled lay groups has ‘no teeth’

    Canonist warns Church oversight of troubled lay groups has ‘no teeth’

    • Aug 12, 2017

    Through the years the Vatican has developed strong rules and regulations to fight sex abuse in the clergy, but two recent sex abuse scandals in Catholic lay associations show that in these cases the Church is still very slow to respond and that often local bishops fail to exercise the necessary monitoring.