Madrid, Spain, Mar 15, 2022 / 14:00 pm
Addressing the 506 cases of clerical abuse that the Spanish Bishop’s Conference has on record, conference spokesman Bishop Luis Argüello, expressed the Church’s will that "the truth shine forth" both for reparations for the victims, and that the thousands who serve in the Church do not unjustly live under "permanent suspicion."
Bishop Argüello, who is also secretary general for the conference, reported the results of the 258th meeting of the conference’s commission on sexual abuse regarding the progress promoted by the Church in Spain for the prevention and fight against sexual abuse.
The prelate noted that "all initiatives that allow unmasking, addressing and ending the scourge of abuse in society and in the Church always have the support of the Church and the Christian communities."
He pointed out that beginning two years ago, the Church in Spain has opened 202 offices in the dioceses and religious congregations to receive complaints and investigate cases of "abuses committed by some members of the Church."