Pampanga archbishop Lavarias warns against on the prowl Spanish priest accused of sexual abuse


May 28, 2020

The Archdiocese of San Fernando in Pampanga has alerted the clergy against a Spanish priest who is accused of molesting minors and reportedly fled from his home country.

In a circular dated May 26 but was released on Thursday, Archbishop Florentino Lavarias asked bishops, priests and the laity to help inquire on the whereabouts of Fr. José Maximiano Campos Ruiz and report any information on the matter to his office.

This came after reports that Ruiz has gone missing and may have fled to the Philippines.

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

The circular was issued in response to the request of Filipino Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Pope Francis’ envoy to Spain, who has sought the help of Filipino bishops for information on Ruiz.

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