CNA Staff, Aug 14, 2023 / 13:25 pm
The Archdiocese of San Antonio, Texas, has removed two of its incardinated priests from ministry after receiving substantiated allegations of child sexual abuse.
Father Alejandro Ortega of St. Monica Catholic Church in Converse and Father Jesus Eduardo “Lalo” Martinez-Solis of St. Joseph-Honey Creek Church in Spring Branch were both accused of sexually abusing minors. The allegations were referred to law enforcement, the archdiocese said.
Both men had their faculties removed and are prohibited from identifying themselves as priests. They are forbidden from wearing clerical clothing and using clerical titles.
In Ortega’s case, the child reported the abuse during a retreat. The parish notified the teen’s parents and the archdiocese, which referred the allegations to the Bexar County District Attorney’s Special Crimes Division, according to a statement from San Antonio Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, MSpS.