The archdiocese of Madrid opened an office to collect allegations of abuse inside and outside of the Church

The archdiocese of Madrid, headed by cardinal Carlos Osoro, has announced the opening this Wednesday of an office to attend and to give legal support, medical a

The archdiocese of Madrid opened an office to collect allegations of abuse inside and outside of the Church

The archdiocese of Madrid, headed by cardinal Carlos Osoro, has announced the opening this Wednesday of an office to attend and to give legal support, medical and spiritual support to victims of sexual abuse, both within and outside of the Church. A novelty, since there is no evidence that other episcopal sees have been invited to those affected by these crimes comtidos outside of your breast to be treated and accompanied. "So, you want to give a service to the community of madrid and to all the victims from the repudiation of a practice, a wicked generator of an infinite suffering", says the diocese in a press release.

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The work of care, ranging from spiritual support to the therapeutic and legal. The service is free of charge and the funding will be in charge of their own diocese and other external institutions, such as the Fundación Porticus. "These crimes pose an unacceptable form of commodification of individuals, and a moral degradation that is contrary to the ethics and most elementary to the values of the Gospel," says bishop, who has claimed to this newspaper that, for the moment, is not aware of any case of pedophilia opened legally and canonically in his bishopric.

The opening of the office formed part of Repair, a project that the bishopric has been designed to strengthen the prevention of abuse in religious institution. The initiative also includes a program of training addressed to the agents of pastoral care, although it will also be open for anyone who has "sensitivity on this issue", since the goal of this learning is "to ensure safe environments to all people, especially to minors and to those who are in a situation of vulnerability".

at The front of the office is Miguel García-Baró, philosopher and academic at the University of Comillas. Will lead a multidisciplinary team composed by two permanent employees and 12 partners of specialists (psychologists, lawyers, specialists in listening to...), many of them from outside the diocese. In addition, and in cases in which it is necessary, the project will hire specialised external services. The episcopal see has enabled an e-mail address (inforepara@archimadrid.es) and a phone (914993431) to address the alleged victims that want to report their cases. The physical headquarters is located in the building of Caritas (Vicariate I) of the calle de Santa Hortensia, 5, in the madrid neighborhood of Prosperity.

"Immersed" in the development of a custom protocol

The diocese has emphasized that, “as it has done up to now”, will move the cases to the public Prosecutor that is required by the law (those in which the victim is still a minor and has not been prescribed). The office will continue, as it has clarified the bishopric, the protocol antiabusos of Catholic Schools and of the Spanish Episcopal Conference (EEC). This last, published in 2010, does not oblige the prelates to communicate the cases of those who had evidence to the Prosecutor's office. In the last year, and cornered by the growing cases that have come to light, the hierarchy of the church is writing a draft of a new updated standard. However, the archdiocese that runs Osoro has advance to THE COUNTRY which is "immersed" in the elaboration of a protocol of their own “that responds to the needs that are detected and that provides the latest regulatory changes, marked both by the Church as by the Spanish legislation”.

Wondering if it will follow the example of other dioceses Catalan investigate the past, the diocese has pointed out that, due to the complexity archdiocese of Madrid in terms of size and the lack of documentary information, it is difficult to make a report on the cases of the past. However, he stressed that this project is also open to people with prescribed. "The focus is on the victims of crimes, civil or canonical-prescribed or that were not reported for the reasons whatsoever, regardless of when they were committed, and will begin the corresponding investigation," said the bishop.

Updated Date: 15 January 2020, 08:00

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