"We respond directly to the EEC, and we do not have and will not have a direct dialogue with the Ombudsman." The coordinator of the audit on abuses that the firm Cremades & Calvo-Sotelo is preparing for the Episcopal Conference, Alfredo Dagnino, attacked this noon against the "curious" investigation commissioned by the Congress of Deputies to the body chaired by Ángel Gabilondo, reaching accuse Parliament of “racism” for “investigating only the Church”.
The bishops disregard the commission of abuses in the Church promoted by the Ombudsman
Within the framework of the VI PPC Conversations 'Never again!' Abuses of power, conscience and sexuality in the Church today', which also included the presence of the Vatican expert Hans Zollner and the spokesman for the EEC, Luis Argüello, Dagnino denounced that the Ombudsman does not have the power to investigate the Church, because “it is not a state institution”. “It is something unprecedented, it is still discrimination (...). Can you imagine if Congress had commissioned an investigation into an ethnic group? They would be accused of racism. But this happens with the Church” stressed the 'strong man' of Cremades in the anti-pederasty commission of the Spanish Church.
Visibly upset, Dagnino also faced criticism from many of the victims, who doubt the "professionalism" of the firm, owned by a member of Opus Dei. In fact, survivors of abuse accuse Cremades of being "judge and party" and issuing "biased" judgments. And, despite the fact that the lawyer, who was president of the Catholic Association of Propagandists, insisted on showing that "all the associations, except one, and for personal reasons, are collaborating" with the firm, the truth is that his own data They take away your reason.
As the lawyer confessed, in more than three and a half months since the contract between Cardinal Omella and Javier Cremades was signed, the office has received less than 60 cases of victims. Of which, moreover, barely half refer to reports of abuse within the Church. "Among the contacts by mail, calls and personal contact, they do not reach 60 and barely half refer to cases of abuse within the Church directly," admitted Dagnino.
Despite this, the lawyer did not want to talk about failure at work, but about the existence of "a hidden reality" in society, that of those "people who have suffered abuse" who "simply needed to have an interlocutor, someone who listen”. Thus, Dagnino has pointed out that half of the people who have contacted the office have explained that although they were not victims of abuse within Church institutions, they felt "the need to call."
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