Iglesia Catolica De Chile Entrego Listado Oficial De Los Sacerdotes Condenados Por Abusos a Menores
By Ana Maria Guerra
En abril pasado, cuando Chile estaba fuertemente remecido por el caso Karadima, la Conferencia Episcopal anuncio la creacion del "Consejo nacional para la prevencion de abusos contra menores de edad y acompanamiento a las victimas".
Tambien figuran en el listado el ex parroco de la Iglesia El Bosque Fernando Karadima (la proxima semana se conocera la sentencia de la jueza Jessica Gonzalez), Jose Ignacio Aguirre, (el ex cura Tato, condenado a 12 anos de carcel por abusos sexuales y estupro) y Ricardo Munoz (ex parroco de la iglesia Santa Teresa de Melipilla, acusado junto a su pareja de explotacion sexual), entre otros.
Catholic Church of Chile Provided Official List of Priests Convicted of Child Abuse
By Ana Maria Guerra
Last April, when Chile was strongly shaken by the case Karadima, the Episcopal Conference announced the creation of the "National Council for the prevention of abuse against children and assist victims."
And while not serious business of the Council on this occasion also announced the establishment of a "single national list of priests and / or former seminarians who have disabilities for the ministry or to enter the seminary," so that the condemned for child abuse are not anonymous.
And now, after a request for "Second", the spokesman for the Episcopal Conference, Jaime Coiro, delivered the official list of "persons with disabilities to exercise the ministry of serious crimes against children" (see box).
These 17 priests and a deacon in criminal justice or received a Canon although courts have not declared their guilt. Among the latter is the priest Juan Miguel Leturia, which in 70 was professor of Colegio San Ignacio de Alonso de Ovalle and was then rector of the Colegio San Mateo de Osorno, where he was accused by a former student.
Also on the list the former pastor of the Church The Forest Fernando Karadima (will know next week is the decision of Judge Jessica Gonzalez), Jose Ignacio Aguirre, (the ex-priest Tato, sentenced to 12 years in prison for sexual abuse and rape) and Ricardo Munoz (former pastor of St. Teresa of Melipilla, charged along with his partner from sexual exploitation), among others.
The reasons for the episcopacy
Jaime Coiro, spokesman for the Episcopal Conference, said that the 10 convicted in the criminal justice system have also been through or going through a canonical process.
The other 8 who have been sentenced Vatican in criminal justice are still in process, acquitted or suspended. Or, even, were never reported. Some of these names have been in a long anonymous, or amidst a shroud of doubt over the years.
Both ready to record events of the last decade or so (in practice prior to these events "did not exist"). And does not include ongoing investigations that may be engaged in both congregations and dioceses.
It is the first list of this type that delivers the Catholic Church in our country. And 2327 is contrasted with the priests (plus 32 bishops) in the current year.
But Coiro notes that there are "tie". "One case would be serious and would merit all the warnings. That is the conviction that the bishops are increasingly trying to share with their bases. The issue is not whether many or few cases. In the year 2002 John Paul II said there was no place in the priesthood for those who abuse children. Especially because not only is committed infidelity of his ministry, but also the vote of confidence that makes the community a shepherd. "
- What the episcopate means to deliver for the first time here?
-There are names that have appeared in newspapers including priests who have unfairly been dismissed, some of which has never been a complaint, others who are not priests ... Somehow, the paper provides a light on what the journey of the Church in this matter. These people on the list are still alive and I can say that they are not exercising the ministry, have no contact or pastoral responsibilities. But somehow also publish a list that is: "This is one of the worst things that have happened as a church."
- How was the process for deciding to make it public?
-The Council of Bishops for the prevention of abuse has been estimated that the gesture of having certainty about the number of people from the Church, clergy, are impaired for the ministry for these serious crimes is valuable element in healing. Somehow, the Church is telling society that has the firm intention that these events are not repeated and that is working so that the circumstances that favored very unfortunately these crimes are not coming back. But on the other hand, also alienate public opinion from the suspicion that any priest who immediately mentioned is responsible for an event of this nature.
-The list is not Francisco Jose Cox, who lives a voluntary recall since 2002 in Europe.
-The withdrawal was founded reasons, are not serious crime against children. He has not even been accused of it, ever.
- Where are those convicted of Canon?,? Still under the wing of the Church, as Karadima?
-Several of them have a civilian life. (But) the question is: which helps more to prevent crime? It often occurs the expulsion from the clerical state as the most serious, but not always sure as to prevent the commission of any crime.
There are other clergy in the process even
- And the list would be made of former seminarians who did not become priests, if there was reason to avoid entering another seminar?
-This list has always existed, but it is reserved, which handle only guiding seminar and that has nothing to do with crime but with the process of vocational discernment that boys are living. And there is no case of abuse.
The list also includes the religious, because it only includes bishops, priests and deacons.
And it singles out clergy processed or formalized in Chilean criminal justice have not yet convicted. These are, as has been published in media, Audin Araya (Concepcion), Francisco Cartes (El Carmen de Curico), Orlando Rogel (Cunco, VIII Region), Filipino Richard Aguinaldo (Santiago) and Manuel boiled (James) .
There are also two priests who have committed suicide accused of child abuse: Rene Aguilera (San Bernardo) and Rimsky Red (Punta Arenas).
On 8 April, after the plenary assembly of bishops in Punta de Tralca, Bishops also announced a new protocol for complaints (flexible throughout the procedure) and the accompaniment of victims, in the light of what he was doing the Vatican.
There they engaged in each of the 27 dioceses across the country will be at least one person responsible for receiving complaints and since April and it is implemented, says Coiro. "The message is that if you have a painful situation in these areas, the church is available, report it on your nearest instance. The work consisted in making church pastors, vicars, catholic schools, religious congregations to lead people knew of differently than the traditional bureaucracy of the Church. This is not like asking for a certificate of baptism, is a process that requires confidentiality, book, that has to do with serious situations that will hopefully go for the least amount of people. "
Then comes the process of preliminary investigation in the hands of the local bishop, a promoter of justice or the superior of the religious congregation. In case of merit, is sent to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in Rome.
Simultaneously created the Council for Prevention of Abuse and accompaniment of victims, which is preparing protocols to prevent such events occur throughout society.
The entity has sesionado 9 times and in September there was a seminar with representatives of nearly every diocese. At this point, Coiro said, "In all there are people appointed by their bishops to jump-start an institutional minimum of assistance to victims and prevention."
One of the most advanced, no doubt, is that of Santiago.
-Has been a little slow the implementation process ...
There's been some phenomena. A section of the clergy expressed some initial reluctance to protocol, at the bottom to the radical attitude of the bishops, which is understandable, especially for some reading that this was a sort of "abandonment," but gradually the whole Church has been taking a growing awareness that our main focus are the victims.
Archbishop of Santiago opened an office to receive complaints
In an office located in the Vicar of the Family (opposite the Cathedral) began operating three weeks ago, the pastoral office to receive complaints (opad) the Archbishop of Santiago.
Paid by Cristian Castro are the priest (pastor of Recoleta) and psychologist Patricia Figueroa, who attend only a few hours a week. If it works a full-time administrative secretary. Because they happen to receive some complaints and meet the work is "hacersela reach the competent authority, which in our case is the Archbishop of Santiago, Monsignor Ricardo Ezzati. This department is an addendum to the Foreign Ministry" (where they used to reach the complaints), the priest explains, adding that at this stage not asked and did not examine test accuracy.
Castro said that "The idea is to establish minimum institutions in three stages: reception of complaints, together with the victims and prevention." In the second, if anyone requires it, he is referred to specialized personnel of the Vicar of the Family. And prevention is working with experts at the level of prevention tips.
- How are people going to know that there is this instance in Santiago?
-All parishes are informed. Then people will generally raise the issue to the priest and this will tell you that you have to go to this office to acknowledge receipt of the complaint.
-? Give some time to deliver the first reference for answers?
-The idea is to make the shortest possible time. And to those who come to denounce them as a compromise say that you are informed about the process as it unfolds. The terms are complex, but will let you know anything new.
For the reaction that the complainants have, Castro pointed out that they have seen "very grateful and quieter, which is fundamental. Gratitude as a welcome and relaxed because they have found someone who will listen."
-? Have had feedback with other priests?
-It is still too early to tell, because recently officially this Friday. I feel we will be very welcome, for this is to help us all.
Religious also are prepared
The priest Sergio Perez de Arce, president of CONFERRE (religious Confederation of Chile), explains that these entities "and throughout the Church, there is more sensitivity to the issue of abuse and are taking steps to have structures and protocols prevention and promotion of healthy and safe environments. In the educational environment and in works dealing with children, especially, there is concern, it is training. Of course, it could go faster, but it is in the right direction. Priests we are 'defending' less religious and lay people help us to act more decisively, especially women. "
Still, he acknowledges, "this is an issue long-term, we must continue to help raise issues such as power management, the exercise of authority, the formation of new religious, etc.."
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