Of secret archives

Of secret archives

The media hype of the kerfuffle over a “secret archive” in Toldeo may be a case of making more of something than is there. It seems prosecutors and the media think that there is a treasure trove of files containing a record of crimes being covered up by the diocese. That may or may not be true.

The media keep referring to the canon law that requires the existence of a secret archive of materials related to criminal offenses. But we’re not talking about civil crimes. It relates to ecclesiastical crimes, violations of canon law. That a priest violated the canonical rights of a parishioners, for example, while sensitive is hardly newsworthy or worthy of investigation by the local prosecutor.

Written by
Domenico Bettinelli