At least 152 priests have been suspended in Mexico in the last nine years for alleged sexual abuse of minors, as reported by the Archbishop of Monterrey, Rogelio Cabrera. "Some priests who are delinquent are in prison, others have been suspended," Cabrera told reporters.
The announcement of the Mexican Church comes in the middle of numerous scandals of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church in countries such as Spain, the United States, Chile, Australia and Germany. Mexico has the second largest Catholic community in the world after Brazil. Pope Francis will receive bishops at the Vatican in February to discuss cases of sexual abuse in the Church, which have seriously affected the credibility of the institution.
Martin Faz Mora, a lawyer who represents 19 alleged victims of abuse by a priest in the state of San Luis Potosí, in central Mexico, has expressed skepticism about the announcement of the Church. This priest, Eduardo Córdova, was the first to be criminally accused of child abuse in the conservative Catholic country.
"He is an irresponsible figure because the victims are still waiting for a punishment for the damages suffered," criticized Faz. "In no case has the Church addressed the issue of repairing damages to victims," he added.
The Pope has repeatedly promised zero tolerance to priests who abuse children, but critics demand more action. On your visit to Mexico in 2016, snubbed victims of abuse by not meeting with them even though they had asked to meet with him.