Activists Demand Justice for Victims of Pedophile Priests


Mexican activists, including priests, have launched a campaign accusing Mexico’s Catholic Archdiocese of protecting Rev. Gerardo Silvestre Hernandez, who is believed to have sexually abused about 100 children.

Hernandez is in prison since 2013 on charges of corruption of minors, however the activists have directly accused the Archbishop of Oaxaca Jose Luis Chavez of protecting the pedophile priest by blocking an investigation into the case.

The activists said the abuses by Hernandez were committed in seven indigenous communities.

Relatives of the victims have drafted a letter that they intend to hand to Pope Francis, who will visit Mexico next month. In the letter, they ask the pontiff for justice and action to ensure that “this doesn’t happen again.”

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