The Abbot of Montserrat, Josep Maria Soler, has apologized this Sunday to the victims of sexual abuse in the homily of the mass which was celebrated this morning in the Monastery of Montserrat.
"My community brothers and I humbly ask forgiveness of the victims, we sympathize with their pain and offer them the support of the community," said Soler, who has condemned the abuses and acknowledged the pain they cause and how it costs heal the wounds.
Soler has stated: "The sexual abuse of minors by people consecrated to God deeply hurts us " and has indicated that they hurt the most vulnerable part of the victims and remove the trust they had placed in them.
He has also apologized "to all the people to whom the knowledge of these facts has been able to scandalize or make lose confidence in Church institutions" and has reiterated his outright condemnation of any type of abuse of minors and his desire for transparency.
The abbot explained that they have created "an external commission that analyzes the cases that can be denounced" and has announced that they will act accordingly, will present the results of the investigation and will follow the protocol established by the Pope.
"We have the necessary tools to clarify the facts and serve the victims in a fair and evangelical way," concluded Soler.
At 10 o'clock this Sunday, victims of alleged sexual abuse have gathered before the Monastery of Montserrat to ask "Transparency and purification of responsibilities" after the last cases that have come to light, as well as the resignation of Abbot Soler.
The protest has also demanded the establishment of a "truly independent" commission of inquiry, headed by a prestigious jurist, connections with the Church, a representative of the victims and management of the complaints, instead of the Abbey.