Italy is a Pandora’s box of abuse, says Vatican official

Pressure groups say there could be a million victims

Father Hans Zollner said recent investigations in France and Germany must be followed by similar action in Italy
Father Hans Zollner said recent investigations in France and Germany must be followed by similar action in Italy
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Italy is a “Pandora’s box” of hidden sex abuse by priests, a senior Vatican official has claimed as activists press for an inquiry into Italian clergy they suspect of assaulting up to a million victims.

Father Hans Zollner, who is the Pope’s main expert on abuse, said investigations in France and Germany had to be followed by similar action in Italy. “There needs to be an investigation but no one wants to open this Pandora’s box —in Italy there is an 11th commandment stating ‘Don’t look bad’,” he told The Times.

Source: Italy is a Pandora’s box of abuse, says Vatican official | World | The Times

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