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Bishops lash out at Italian newspaper for sending reporter out in guise of parishioner

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
3/13/2015 (4 years ago)
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Details of priestly advice given to reporter published, prompting cries of outrage

An Italian newspaper has been decried by bishops in what is described as a serious violation of Catholic sacrament. The newspaper Il Resto Del Carlino sent a reporter in the guise of a parishioner. Soliciting advice from a priest, the newspaper then published the results - in what appears to be a breach of privacy between a church member and their priest.

Il Resto Del Carlino editor Andrea Cangini said that the protests were understandable.

Il Resto Del Carlino editor Andrea Cangini said that the protests were understandable.


By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (
3/13/2015 (4 years ago)

Published in Europe

Keywords: Il Resto Del Carlino, cnfidentiality, Italy, bishops, Andrea Cangini, Laura Alari

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "I find this perverse from the point of view of professional ethics, and unspeakable from a human point of view," the secretary general of the Italian Bishops' Conference, Monsignor Nunzio Galantino, said in Rome.

The Archbishop of Bologna Carlo Caffarra, speaking on behalf of other bishops from the northern Emilia-Romagna region, issued "the strongest protest" against "serious violation" of a Catholic sacrament.

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An Italian newspaper has been decried by bishops in what is described as a serious violation of Cath

An Italian newspaper has been decried by bishops in what is described as a serious violation of Catholic sacrament.

Il Resto Del Carlino editor Andrea Cangini said that the protests were understandable. Cangni said his paper wanted to investigate "in the most truthful and unprecedented way the extent to which grass root priests' sensitivities coincide with Pope Francis'."

Undercover journalist Laura Alari wrote four articles. Alari pretended to be a divorced woman with a new partner. She sought advice on whether it was a grave sin to keep taking Holy Communion.

Alari, a self-described Catholic wrote that the priest she confessed suggested she could change her parish so as to "not to create a scandal." He then asked her to consider seeking the annulment of her failed marriage from a Catholic court, which is a costly procedure in Italy.

The priest was also quoted as telling her that it was up to her conscience how to behave. "I am telling you what the Church is asking, but at the end it is you who must make a choice," the prelate reportedly said.

"It's clear that from my position, I will never tell you that you can take the communion, as long as the church recognizes only one matrimony. But I will never tell you either that you cannot take it," he reportedly added.

Softening the church's ban on the Holy Communion for divorcees is currently a hot topic at the Vatican. World bishops rowed over the issue last month, and are due to take up the matter again in October and possibly recommend reforms to Pope Francis.


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