Since the publication of the motu proprio Vos estis lux mundi in 2019, each diocese and religious institutions has offices for victims in order to facilitate reporting and to confirm the application of the action protocols.
The archdiocese has in place a “Commission for the Protection of Minors and Vulnerable Persons” and a contact email for victims to report abuse.
Local cases must be sent to the Navarra Regional Prosecutor's Office, which will assess whether they are past the statute of limitations, although the institutions could be sued for damages.
According to a report by the independent foundation Aid to Children and Adolescents at Risk, cases of sexual abuse committed by people related to the Church represent 0.2% of the total.
In Spain, three proposals for the creation of commissions to investigate cases of sexual abuse committed by members of the Church are under consideration.
The first proposal was presented by Podemos, a left-wing party that is part of the governing coalition, as well as the Republican Left of Catalonia and EH Bildu, Catalan and Basque nationalist parties that give confidence and supply to the government. This proposal was admitted for debate in the Congress of Deputies Feb. 1.
And on Jan. 31, the Spain’s Attorney General, Dolores Delgado, requested that the 17 head prosecutors of Spain’s autonomous regional governments remit all open criminal proceedings for sexual abuse committed by members of the Church and other religious groups.
In addition, the PSOE introduced Feb. 7 a proposal in the Congress of Deputies for the investigative commission to be led by the People’s Ombudsman, Ángel Gabilondo.
Spain correspondent for ACI Prensa (https://www.aciprensa.com) / ACI Group. She has a degree in Journalism and specialized in Social and Religious Information. Blanca spent 4 years in Rome covering information from the Vatican and major events, such as the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI and the conclave that elected Pope Francis.