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Mariano Crociata (born 16 March 1953) has been bishop of the Diocese of Latina-Terracina-Sezze-Priverno since 19 November 2013. He was previously the Secretary-General of the Italian Episcopal Conference (CEI), the first to come from a southern Italian diocese, and earlier served as Bishop of Noto.
Early life and ordination
Born in Castelvetrano, Province of Trapani, Sicily, Crociata was ordained as a priest in 1979. He studied philosophy and theology at the Almo Collegio Capranica. He graduated from the Pontifical Gregorian University of Rome, where he was awarded a doctorate in theology in 1987 on "Humanism and theology in Augustine Steuco" for the kinds of New Town in 1987.
Church scholar and pastor
Crociata ran the theology of religions department at Palermo's Theological School and has organised a number of conferences including many on Islam. From 2003 he was vicar general of the Diocese of Mazara del Vallo.
On 16 July 2007 Pope Benedict XVI appointed him Bishop of Noto. He was consecrated on 6 October 2007. On 26 September 2008 Benedict appointed him secretary general of the CEI to replace Giuseppe Betori who had been appointed archbishop of Florence. Crociata was reportedly named secretary general on the recommendation of archbishop of Genoa and CEI president Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, who became president of the CEI in 2007. In October 2010 Bishop Crociata welcomed civil suites against priests for alleged sexual abuse. He said that "There will be no obstacles to civil proceedings. On the contrary, they would be viewed favourably," he told reporters following a meeting of the Episcopal Conference. "The Italian church acts rigorously and with the necessary attention for the victims," he added. Italian bishops say about 100 cases of sexual abuse of minors have been investigated by the church over the last decade. Critics say the number is far higher.
Upon his election as pope, Pope Francis did not confirm Crociata is his CEI post and instead named him bishop of Latina-Terracina-Sezze-Priverno. In doing so, Francis returned to the practice of the early years of the CEI under Paul VI, when the position of Secretary-General was not a stepping stone to a major diocese and eventual appointment as cardinal.
|Catholic Church titles|
| Bishop of Noto
16 July 2007 – 25 September 2008
| Secretary-General of the Italian Episcopal Conference
26 September 2008 – 19 November 2013
| Bishop of Latina-Terracina-Sezze-Priverno
19 November 2013 – present
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- Italian church welcomes legal action in sex abuse cases
- Tornielli, Andrea (November 22, 2013). "Cambio alla Cei, Crociata va a Latina". Vatican Insider. Retrieved January 5, 2014.
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