ACI Prensa Staff, May 24, 2023 / 11:15 am
The Jesuit provincial in Bolivia, Father Bernardo Mercado, admitted that his religious order made mistakes in handling cases of sexual abuse committed by some members of his community in previous years and encouraged his fellow Jesuits to continue cooperating with law enforcement.
In a recent interview with EWTN News, Mercado said that in prior years the order conducted internal investigations into cases of abuse but that they were not reported to the justice system in a timely manner.
“I think it is a first procedural error that we have to recognize. ... But we didn’t know how to handle it that way,” he said.
Mercado added that the Jesuits have redoubled their efforts to care for the victims.