Spain’s Catholic Church finds hundreds of child abusers over 80 years.

Spain's Catholic Church finds hundreds of child abusers over 80 years
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The Spanish Catholic Church has conducted an investigation into child sexual abuse by members of the clergy and non-clerical staff, resulting in the identification of 728 alleged abusers and 927 victims dating back to the 1940s. The Church has acknowledged the harm caused and expressed a desire to help victims in their healing process. The issue of sexual abuse scandals in the Church came to the forefront in 2021 when El Pais newspaper reported over 1,200 alleged cases. The Church and the country’s ombudsman are conducting separate investigations. The Church aims to understand what went wrong in the selection and training of candidates for the priesthood that led to sexual abuse. The report, which is a compilation of victim testimonies, shows that over 99% of the accused perpetrators were male, and 50% were clerics. The majority of cases were documented between 1960 and 1980, and over two-thirds of the alleged abusers have died. The national prosecutor’s office criticized the Church’s internal investigation as “partial” and “of little use.”
Recently, reports from Spain’s Catholic Church have indicated that hundreds of cases of alleged child abuse occurred under its purview over the last 80 years.

The Church has admitted that some 3,000 minors have been abused throughout Spain since 1941. In the majority of cases, the individuals involved were clergy affiliated with the Catholic Church.

In a statement issued by the Archdiocese of Madrid regarding the matter, they claimed that over the last three decades they have gone to “great lengths” in order to compensate and aid the victims of these acts. They have also promised to fully cooperate with relevant justice authorities that are now investigating the matter.

These allegations have rocked the foundation of the Catholic faith in Spain, as it raises painful questions regarding the Church’s commitment to stopping child abusers. Although the Church has sought to assuage the doubts of its followers, many have begun to express their outrage and disbelief over these revelations.

Despite this, no one has yet been held accountable for the crimes alleged to have occurred at the hands of Church members. With ongoing investigations underway, the Catholic Church in Spain faces a difficult road ahead in its quest to restore the faith that has been shaken by these revelations.

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