Rete l'Abuso and Church Accountability in Italy
Rete l'Abuso ("Abuse Network"), the Italian equivalent of SNAP, together with Ending Clergy Abuse (ECA) organized a Webinar on Feb 20 to report on the struggle to bring the Catholic Church to account in Italy.
The speakers also pointed out that the 2019 abolition of the "pontifical secret" in cases of sexual abuse has made little difference in the prosecution of crimes committed by priests. This is partly because this abolition does not apply to the "seal (i.e. secret) of confession.” The biggest problem remains the fact that clerical pedophilia is considered merely a sin, a crime against God, not a criminal act. The take-away: In Italy (as elsewhere) the battle against the vilest of crimes continues - uphill.
If you have any general questions, feel free to reach out to Marc Artzrouni, SNAP Europe Coordinator.