Monday, June 25, 2007

Clerical Abuse in Italy (report from NPR)

Sylvia Poggioli reports (yesterday) from the Vatican that the lid is just beginning to lift on cases of clergy and religious sexual abuse of children in Italy.

Her report mentions a symposium in which participants gathered to hear from victims in cases of clergy sexual abuse. She continues:-

The story of Paul Cultrera, who kept silent for 30 years, resonated with the participants in the symposium.

Marco Marchese, a 26-year-old from Agrigento in Sicily, says he was absued by a priest for four years, starting when he was 12.

He says the American story is "the story of all of us."

"At first we think we're the guilty ones," he says. "It takes years, and only if you're lucky enough to find someone who believes you, can you heal. I just wanted to stop this man from hurting others and hoped the church would embrace me, but that embrace never came."

Believing the victims is the central issue.

The report mentions "Hand of God" directed by Joe Cultrera shown on PBS in January 2005. In case you haven't seen it, here are some press reactions. You can watch the entire movie on the PBS Frontline link. It is riveting.

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