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

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

    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.

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  • Amid Italian abuse scandal, question remains of Church oversight

    Amid Italian abuse scandal, question remains of Church 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.

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