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SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Italian bishops rule out abuse inquiry; SNAP responds

Statement by Joelle Casteix, SNAP Western Regional Director (949) 322-7434 cell

We’re disappointed but not surprised. In a church hierarchy that largely still insists on denying, minimizing, ignoring and concealing child sex crimes, the Italian bishops are among the worst.

What’s needed in Italy, and many other nations, is an Irish-style inquiry into clergy sex abuse and cover ups - a thorough independent, government-funded probe that will help expose not only predatory priests but corrupt bishops.

(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world's oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We've been around for 22 years and have more than 9,000 members across the globe. Despite the word "priest" in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is

Contacts: David Clohessy (314 566 9790 cell, 314 645 5915 home), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747), Mark Serrano (703-727-4940), Peter Isely (414-429-7259)

Italian bishops rule out abuse inquiry

Wednesday, May 26, 2010 » 04:06am

Italy's Bishops' Conference ruled out setting up a special commission to look into child abuse in the Catholic Church on Tuesday, despite the high number of cases, its secretary general said.

The Church has dealt with some hundred paedophile priest cases during the past decade and even a single case is always too much, Mariano Crociata said.

But the bishop said there was no need to imitate the German Bishop's Conference and create a special commission.

Vatican guidelines and the Pope's recommendations to Irish Catholics in March were sufficient for dealing with sex abuse cases, he said.

In a watershed trial in Italy, Bishop Gino Reali testified Thursday in a sex abuse trial against a priest working in his diocese near Rome - a landmark in the predominantly Catholic nation.

Reali had been asked to explain to the court why he had not reacted when two young men complained the priest had sexually abused them when they were teenagers.

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