‘Experience’ tourism combines Roman ruins in the morning, a talk on church abuse in the afternoon

Washington Post

August 17, 2021

By Stefano Pitrelli

On the first day of their trip, the American tourists climbed to the top of St. Peter’s dome, admiring Michelangelo’s architectural marvel and its panoramic view.

On the second day, they met up with their tour group to visit ancient Roman aqueducts and enjoy a traditional pasta lunch. And in the afternoon, they listened to a man who had been abused by a Catholic priest talk them through his own personal hell.

“We came here for St. Peter and the Colosseum, but when they offered us this experience, I just wanted to go,” said Joseph Purdy, 72, a retiree from Rehoboth Beach, Del…

For that, the tour company flew in Francesco Zanardi, one of Italy’s most vocal advocates for survivors of clerical abuse.