Church of Spain rules out independent commission to clarify abuses

The Cardinal President of the Spanish Episcopal Conference (CEE), Juan José Omella, ruled out, for the moment, resorting to an independent commission to clarify the cases of abuse reported against the institution.

"Faced with the issue of abuse, we all feel the great pain of this fact in the midst of society and the desire at all times of our closeness, of all the bishops, who have established commissions in each diocese, to collect complaints, accompany to those people who feel hurt and prevent these things from happening again in the future," said the archbishop of Barcelona, ​​quoted by the EFE news agency.

It should be noted that, to date, 251 cases of abuse have been reported in different Spanish dioceses, which were raised to the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the body in charge of investigating these crimes.

The cases date from 1943 to the present.

Faced with this situation, the president of the Spanish bishops explained that the report has been sent to all the country's dioceses and to the religious, because there are alleged abuses committed in schools, and that "they are responding little by little" but he also asked the newspaper for data .

“All the dioceses are responding little by little. They have replied to El País asking him to send data because in some there is no data. (If) there has been an accusation of a priest or religious, say who it is and we will investigate," he said.

In any case, Omella refused to follow the example of other countries such as Portugal, whose Church has commissioned the investigation of abuses to an independent commission, and defended the strategy that each diocese be in charge of studying complaints.

And he assured that he has the support of the pope and the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith.

«It seems to us the closest treatment to people, because it is complicated to go to Madrid and it is easier in the place to be able to carry out that research and that accompaniment of people. We have to put all the means and we have it clear, "he said.

In this sense, when asked about the possibility of implementing this commission, he replied: "Not at the moment, because as it is already in every place, multiplying entities without need, I think it is not necessary."

«Portugal does what it thinks is convenient, like France, Germany or Italy… we are in contact with the Holy See with its protocols and they have been happy with it. If there is any difficulty, then we will see it as we go," he settled.

 

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