The Church will join the investigation commission of child abuse within it. And she will do it publicly, not without nuances, knowing that she has been late in an answer that she should have headed. That is the thesis defended, in conversation with elDiario.es, by government officials who, in recent days, have held 'conversations' with members of the episcopal leadership.
Victims of abuse in the Church ask that there be two commissions and participate in the investigations
In fact, they hope that "in the next few days" there will be some kind of official statement with which the Episcopal Conference indicates its willingness to collaborate as much as possible. Except for surprises, the opening of the archives will not materialize, but the presence of representatives of the Church in the commission – or commissions – that results from the negotiations, which, in parallel, United We Can and the PSOE maintain to present a common proposal that brings together the two commissions that both have proposed: one parliamentary and the other led by the Ombudsman.
The partners of the Government have agreed to postpone, at least another week, the vote on the proposal put forward by United We Can, and which had passed the filter of the Board of Spokespersons, to create an investigation commission in the Congress of Deputies, and which was to be voted on Tuesday. From the purple formation they see their proposal and that of the PSOE as "compatible", which advocates that the Ombudsman be the one to lead the initiative and that the Catholic Church be represented on the commission, which to date maintains a resounding official silence and some whose members have publicly shown their support for the investigation.
Cardinal Osoro's recent visit to Pope Francis – the cardinal will return to Madrid today – would also have served to underpin that 'change in strategy' that, for days, they have been trying to mark from the Episcopal Conference, and that for the moment has been shown failed. In the Vatican, the attitude of the Vice President of the Episcopate has been valued, and much, that with Cardinal Omella they are two of the bishops who are taking the drama of abuses within the Church most seriously.
That the Church should participate in the commission is already a clamor, to which not even the Popular Party is alien. Thus, the PP spokesperson in Congress, Cuca Gamarra, has indicated this morning that she would see "positive" that the bishops were part of the search for solutions to the problem.
"I'm sure the Church will be evaluating it and it would be positive," Cuca Gamarra said in an interview on RNE's Parliament program, when asked if the Church should participate in the anti-abuse commission, reports EP.
In any case, Gamarra has reiterated the PP's rejection of the formula of the parliamentary commission to investigate these cases. "A parliamentary commission where other types of objectives would prevail other than the search for truth and it would not be the best space for the protection of victims is not the best space," he stressed.
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