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Bishops of Argentina pledge to respond to report on abuse allegations

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By (CNA/EWTN)
6/5/2019 (6 months ago)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)

The bishops' conference of Argentina has said it is examining and will respond to a new report of more than 60 allegations of sexual abuse by priests and religious in the country.

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By (CNA/EWTN)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)
6/5/2019 (6 months ago)

Published in Europe

Keywords: Bishops of Argentina, pledge to respond, abuse allegations


Buenos Aires, Argentina, (CNA) - Officials with the conference said they are working on new protocols and actions to protect minors, following the Vatican summit on the topic earlier this year.

A recent report in La NaciĂłn detailed 63 cases of alleged sexual abuse by priests and religious of the Church in Argentina in the last two decades. Of these cases, 17 resulted in convictions, 22 are in judicial process, 24 were not prosecuted and 12 led to dismissal from the clerical state.

Among the cases mentioned are those of Juan Escobar Gaviria, who is now serving a 25-year prison sentence; Nicola Corradi, accused of abusing hearing impaired minors at the Próvolo Institute; and Gustavo Zanchetta, the bishop emeritus of Orán and adviser to the Administration of the Patrimony of the Holy Apostolic See since December 2017, who is under investigation at the Vatican for alleged sexual abuse and the abuse of power.

In their report, La NaciĂłn says that the Church in Argentina "for years covered up its priests and religious accused of sexual abuse" through a system of transferring them to new assignments rather than removing them from ministry.

Bishop Sergio Buenanueva of San Francisco warned in a statement that transferring priests accused of sexual abuse was a "habitual" and "totally fatal" practice.

"There is a sick system in the Church that covered up, or inhibited the abuses from coming to light and it ended up favoring the perpetrator," said Buenanueva, who serves as coordinator of the Pastoral Council for the Protection of Minors and Vulnerable Adults of the Argentine Bishops' Conference.

The prelate said they are in the process of making a complete list of the cases, "as other episcopates have done."

Buenanueva told ACI Prensa, CNA's Spanish language sister agency, that the bishops'
conference will take "a few days to assess and evaluate" the report.

In March, during the 117th plenary assembly of the Argentine Bishops' Conference, the bishops called for "a radical break" with conditions of sexual abuse, the abuse of power, and cover up.

"We must renew at its roots the lifestyles and formation structures that have made it possible to create in some clerics a sense of superiority and dominion over the faithful and which have facilitated their living, as if they didn't have to give an account of their actions to anyone, in a situation of veritable impunity," said the Bishop Oscar Ojea of San Isidro, president of the Argentine Bishops' Conference.

Last month, Pope Francis signed the motu propio Vos estis lux mundi (You are the light of the world), which establishes new procedures to prevent and report cases of sexual abuse within the Church.

The norms establish obligatory reporting for clerics and religious, require that every diocese has a mechanism for reporting abuse, and put the metropolitan archbishop in charge of investigations of accusations against suffragan bishops.

The motu proprio also states that every diocese must create a stable mechanism or system through which people may submit reports of abuse or its cover-up. The exact form of the system, which could also be an entire office, will be left to the discretion of the individual diocese, but must be established by June 2020.

This article was originally published by our sister agency, ACI Prensa. It has been translated and adapted by CNA.


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