Father Amador Romero, condemned for abusing an altar boy in the nineties in Granada, he will continue for the time being as chaplain of the General Hospital of Alicante because he has not been disqualified from exercising his ministry. It is the conclusion that follows from the communiqué issued yesterday by the Bishopric of Orihuela-Alicante, in response to the information published this Thursday by EL PAÍS, about the homage that the diocese of Guadix (Granada) gave to this pedophile priest in June 2017 and the position he currently holds in the public reference hospital in the province of Alicante.
According to that letter, Amador Romero is "incardinated" in the diocese of Granada, but the bishop of Alicante allowed him to collaborate in his demarcation, at his own request, "after verifying that both civil and ecclesiastical justice is not prohibited or limited to the exercise of his priestly ministry. "
In the communiqué, the Alicante bishopric assures that the transfer of diocese was approved by its namesake from Granada, maintains that it conforms to "the ecclesiastical and civil regulations" and defends its "commitment in the prevention and action before any abuse of power, of conscience and sexual ".
On the other hand, sources of the Ministry of Health of the Valencian Community affirm that they do not know the antecedents of the chaplain of the Alicante hospital and remember that the appointment of ecclesiastical positions that provide spiritual assistance to patients in public health centers corresponds to the Church itself , by virtue of an agreement signed by the Administrations with the Episcopal Conference three decades ago.
Romero was sentenced in 2001 to 18 months in prison for an ongoing crime of sexual abuse against an 11-year-old altar boy. The events occurred between 1995 and 1997, when the priest, who was then officiating in a parish of the municipality of Aldeire in Granada (639 inhabitants), embraced, kissed and undressed the child "regularly" while asking him to masturbate.
The judgment of the Criminal Court 3 of Granada, which also ordered him to pay 60,000 euros to the victim for moral damages, was subsequently confirmed by the Audiencia of that province.
The current chaplain of the General Hospital of Alicante did not get to enter prison. In June of last year he received a tribute on the occasion of his silver wedding, 25 years, in the priesthood, in a celebration presided over by the then bishop of Guadix, Monsignor Ginés García.