"They see you dressed as a priest in the metro and they call you a pederast," laments Bishop José Cobo Cano, auxiliary prelate of Cardinal Carlos Osoro in Madrid. He said it before a hundred people called by Christian networks Y Digital Religion This Wednesday at Chaminade High School, in a forum that brought together for the first time bishops, religious and victims of sexual abuse by ecclesiastics. Cobo confessed to be afraid. "The crime touches us all," he added. It was Benedict XVI who first observed what is now a cry. "Every priest is under suspicion, many no longer dare to shake hands with a child, or talk about a holiday camp with children," said Pope Emeritus in 2010.
Bishop Cobo spoke after hearing the devastating story of Juan Cuatrecasas, the father of the young man who was victim of a pedophile teacher at the Gaztelueta school, property of Opus Dei in Bilbao. "We went to denounce the school and they believed us. What to do with the abuser? They said that they were going to send it abroad, and then perhaps better put it in the hands of a priest. Before our strangeness, they asked us what else they could do. They have no compassion, neither with the victim nor with the parents. The performance of the bishopric of Bilbao has also been shameful. "
Cuatrecasas has promoted the association Stolen Childhood, and goes to Congress this Thursday with the requirement that the crimes of child abuse do not prescribe until past 50 years. His son Asier (fake name) took a long time to report the abuses he suffered at age 12, already sentenced in their favor by Justice. It has not overcome it completely. Anxiety, nightmares, hallucinations, tachycardias, disappointment at the treatment received by the ecclesiastical authorities are the most frequent sequels. "If you suffer violence as a child, life is like a marathon with one leg and a backpack full of bricks," confesses another victim of abuse in his childhood. He did not dare to denounce until he turned 31 years old.
The presidents of the Episcopal Conferences of the whole world come next week to Rome, summoned by the Pope Francisco to look for the way to stop the abuses and to restrain the loss of prestige that they cause to the Roman Church. Cuatrecasas is not optimistic, given the attitude of the Spanish bishops. "I do not believe in the ecclesiastical hierarchy except for Omella, Blázquez and Osoro [se refiere a los cardenales de Barcelona, Valladolid y Madrid], the rest of the bishops, almost all, offend the victims with the apologies they offer, as the archbishop of Tarragona or [Fernando Giménez] Barriocanal and [el obispo José María] Gil Tamayo Asking for forgiveness is fine, but there must be a compensation for dealing with very long and expensive therapies, "he said.
"With my son we fell into the trap of a gentleman, I do not want to say a priest, who is called Silverio Nieto Muñoz." He came home to help and subjected the boy to a three-hour interrogation and even asked him to do a sketch of the place. In which he had suffered abuses, it turns out that he went to school with the sketches to change the scenery.This man is part of the commission created in the Episcopal Conference to combat child abuse in Spain. of the Church, the bad plumber of the Vatican, "he said.
The story of Cuatrecasas marked the rest of the debate in the Chaminade. They highlighted the interventions of Jesús Zamora, general secretary of the Spanish Conference of Religious (CONFER); Raquel Mallavibarrena, leader of Redes Cristianas, and Jesús Bastante, editor in chief of Digital Religion, as moderator. "We do not perceive that the problem is given the utmost urgency, that they do not tell us that there are pedophiles in other sectors of society, it produces sadness, worry, indignation, we must see how we have arrived at this situation, we must look for the causes without fear Zero tolerance is key, but it is not enough, "lamented Mallavibarrena. In his opinion, a source of the problem is the clericalism that gives the clergy an unhealthy power and superiority over the laity. The obligatory celibacy of the clergy should also be reviewed and, above all, "take care of and reform the teachings received by the seminarians", he concluded.