Priest slams crimes against, and abuse of, children

Manila Bulletin

May 26, 2020

By Leslie Ann Aquino

A Catholic priest said the sins and crimes committed against children are crimes that cry out to heavens for justice.

Father Melvin Castro of the Diocese of Tarlac said this on the heels of a study by the International Justice Mission stating that the Philippines has become the world’s largest known source of online child sexual exploitation with parents and relatives the ones responsible for facilitating the abuse in nearly all cases.

“This is condemnable in the strongest possible way,” he said in an interview.

“Some may view that the Church is being hypocritical in its condemnation as some of her leaders and members are guilty of worse crimes against women and children. But clearly and objectively, we have to condemn and root-out all causes of these very grave sins and crimes against children. Clearly these crimes cry out to heavens for justice,” added Castro.

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