On Thursday, an Italian bishop testified at a trial in Vatican City over charges of sexual abuse and cover-up at a preseminary within the city state. Bishop Oscar Cantoni of the Diocese of Como gave evidence Feb. 25 in a trial over the conduct of a former student at the St. Pius X preseminary.
The court proceedings are a landmark for the Holy See, since they involve the criminal trial of clerics in the Vatican City’s civil court on charges of sexual abuse of minors — a first.
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