The president of the Spanish Episcopal Conference (EEC), Cardinal Ricardo Blázquez, has assured that he will not commission an investigation into cases of sexual abuse committed by priests in the Spanish Church in the past to "have no authority" to do it. The hierarchy leaves the matter in the hands of the dioceses and the dictates that come from Rome.
"The Spanish Episcopal Conference has no authority over the dioceses to make these studies, that each diocese does what it sees fit," said Blázquez on Wednesday in a press conference, when asked if the Spanish Church is going to commission a historical study .
Blázquez has not advanced concrete measures that will be adopted by Spanish bishops in the face of abuses, but has indicated that he is waiting to receive the norms of action that the Vatican is preparing and that will be common for the whole Church.
The president of the Episcopal Conference has reported these days to the Spanish bishops of the content of the summit against pedophilia which has been held in Rome, where he participated last week, and which resulted in a Luke's warm speech that disappointed the victims.