Archbishop Lavarias asks help from the public to find errant Spanish priest

Manila Bulletin

May 28, 2020

By Leslie Ann Aquino

A Spanish priest accused of abusing minors is believed to be here in the country.

San Fernando, Pampanga Archbishop Florentino Lavarias identified the priest as Rev. José Maximiano Campos Ruiz.

In a circular letter, he said Apostolic Nuncio to Spain and Andorra, Archbishop Bernardito Auza is asking for information on the whereabouts of the priest who disappeared.

“The Apostolic Nuncio to Spain and Andorra, Abp. Bernardito Auza, is asking some information about a certain Rev. José Maximiano Campos Ruiz, a Spanish priest who practically disappeared and said to be now in the Philippines,” said Lavarias.

“There are reasons to worry on his presence in our country given the serious accusation against him of abuses of minors,” he added.

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