Rome Newsroom, Nov 17, 2022 / 05:40 am
Catholic bishops in Italy released a national report on Thursday evaluating the recent implementation of diocesan services to aid victims of abuse across the country.
The report published on Nov. 17 provided data from 90 listening centers and on the establishment of other resources for the protection of minors within Italy’s 226 Catholic dioceses. Its scope was limited to the two-year period from 2020 to 2021, years when lockdowns in Italy restricted movement and in-person gatherings.
At a press conference in Rome on the day of the report’s release, Archbishop Giuseppe Baturi of Cagliari said that 613 files with reports of abuse by members of the clergy in Italy had been sent by Catholic dioceses to the Vatican’s Dicastery for the Doctrine of Faith in the last 20 years.
“To understand exactly how many cases there are, we need an investigation,” he said.