.- Bishop Jaime Prieto Amaya of Cucuta, Colombia has issued a statement urging the country's citizens to assist in ending the abuse of minors.
His statement came in reaction to the seven-year sentence recently imposed on a priest in Colombia who was accused of abusing a minor.
In his brief statement, the bishop noted that Fr. Jose Virgilop Chona Albarracin, the priest in question, will assume his rights âand challenge the ruling of the law. The bishop added that the diocese will "accept and respect the decision of the criminal justice system."
Bishop Prieto concluded by saying that in wake of this information, âwe ask that the public cooperate fully with the law and collaborate with authorities in clearing up the types of behavior which mistreat the community, especially minors."