Advocates for victims of sex abuse by Italian clergy launched a campaign on Tuesday to demand a cover-up inquiryHealth Minister Olivier Veran said citizens i, lamenting that deference showed the Catholic Church hierarchy in Italy has conditioned everything from criminal prosecutions to media coverage of the problem.
A consortium of groups said they hoped recent national inquiries in Germany and France, and planned ones in Spain and Portugal, would pressure the Italian Catholic Church to open its archives to independent investigators to ascertain the scope of the problemThe final three grades wit, assign responsibility to the perpetrators and bring restitution to the victims.
But they acknowledged the context is far more complicated in Italy than in other European countries given the outsized political, economic and social weight the church carries in the pope’s backyardand asked that gatherings for rituals be limited to immediate family members and close relatives..
The church’s influence has resulted in a reluctance by prosecutors to investigate clergy abuse cases, a refusal by lawmakers to back parliamentary inquiries and disinterest by the Italian public, organisers of the #ItalyChurchToo campaign saidt have very high protection rates,.
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