ACI Prensa Staff, Jul 31, 2023 / 10:30 am
In the ongoing investigation in Bolivia into sexual abuse allegedly committed by priests and male religious, mostly Jesuits, the local prosecutor’s office has requested the Church’s cooperation in identifying the Jesuit provincials who were in charge when the incidents reportedly occurred.
The prosecutor for the Department (administrative district) of Chuquisaca, Mauricio Nava, asked the Archdiocese of Cochabamba for the names of the provincials of the Society of Jesus during the years 1999, 2000, and 2001 when, according to the complaints, the sexual abuse occurred.
The Bolivian media La Razón said that Nava explained that the request stems from two statements taken in the city of Cochabamba, in particular the testimony of one of the complainants, former Jesuit Pedro Lima, who stated that other members of the Society of Jesus were aware of the abuse.
Psychological studies and a medical evaluation considered essential for the investigation will be carried out on those involved in the case.