On June 24, 1950, Maria Goretti was canonized at St. Peter’s basilica in Rome.
On 6 July we celebrate her Feastday.
The man who killed her was Alessandro Serenelli who died in 1970, having repented of his crime.
He left the following testimony, dated May 5, 1961, as his spiritual legacy:
“I’m nearly 80 years old. I’m about to depart.
“Looking back at my past, I can see that in my early youth, I chose a bad path which led me to ruin myself.
“My behavior was influenced by print, mass-media and bad examples which are followed by the majority of young people without even thinking. And I did the same. I was not worried.”
In the Report from the Northern Territory Government Board of Inquiry into the protection of Aboriginal children from sexual abuse concern was expressed about the availability of pornography in communities and children’s exposure to pornographic material, in particular videos and DVDs.
This was as a result of poor supervision, overcrowding in houses and acceptance or normalisation of this material.
It was subsequently confirmed at the regional meetings conducted by the Inquiry in February and March 2007, that pornography was a major factor in communities and that it should be stopped. The daily diet of sexually explicit material has had a major impact, presenting young and adolescent Aboriginals with a view of mainstream sexual practice and behaviour which is jaundiced. It encourages them to act out the fantasies they see on screen or in magazines. Exposure to pornography was also blamed for the sexualised behaviour evident in quite young children.
It was recommended that possible strategies to restrict access to this material, generally and by children in particular, be investigated.
You can read the full report HERE