Former S. Fla. Priest Accused of Abuse Admits Errors

October 23, 2006

Miami -- A popular priest in the Cuban exile community who resigned amid allegations he sexually abused an altar boy has apologized and admitted "errors of judgment."

A letter from the Rev. Gustavo Miyares was read to parishioners at Immaculate Conception Church during Sunday Mass.

"For many years I have been deeply plagued by the events," Miyares wrote in the letter read by Felipe Estevez, auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Miami. "I prayed for God's guidance. The only conclusion that I could reach was that I had to be true to Christ, my priesthood, and you, my beloved community, and explain to all concerned my sincere regret and repentance for any pain brought on by errors of judgment that I have made."

Some worshippers reacted to the letter with tears.

Miyares resigned Oct. 6 after learning a 39-year-old man identified as John Doe No. 25 filed a lawsuit saying he met Miyares and another priest at a summer camp in Boynton Beach when he was 14. The abuse took place at the camp, the priests' rectory and a condominium in the Keys, according to the lawsuit.

The alleged victim is suing the Archdiocese of Miami for negligence and concealing the abuse.

"An investigation of this matter has been undertaken," Miami Archbishop John C. Favarola wrote in a letter also read Sunday to parishioners.

A telephone call to alleged victim's attorney, Jeffrey Herman, was not immediately returned Monday morning.


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