Bolivian Jesuits apologize for alleged abuse by late priest Lalrp


LA PAZ, Bolivia — Bolivia’s Jesuit congregation apologized Tuesday and introduced an investigation right into a late Spanish priest who allegedly abused a number of minors in Bolivia relationship again to the Nineteen Eighties.

“We apologize for the ache this has brought about,” stated the Rev. Bernardo Mercado, head of the Catholic spiritual order often known as La Compañía de Jesús. He stated the congregation has launched a probe that seeks to convey justice for the victims and known as the scenario an “embarrassment.”

The case of Jesuit priest Alfonso Pedrajas Moreno got here to gentle over the weekend in a report by the Spanish newspaper El País. It printed excerpts of the priest’s dairy, the place he allegedly admitted to having abused at the least 85 kids whereas he was a trainer in Bolivia till 2009 when he died.

Bolivian officers haven’t launched the variety of victims nor the dates wherein the alleged abuse came about. However earlier this week Bolivia’s high prosecutor Wilfredo Chávez stated on Twitter that he would search data from the Spanish consulate on the case, so it may be investigated in Bolivia.

The congregation is investigating two instances, one which concluded in April and decided the “veracity” of that allegation, and a second one which is ongoing.

Audalia Zurita, a lawyer for the Jesuit congregation, stated Tuesday at a press convention that they’ve requested El País for a replica of Pedrajas Moreno’s dairy, and that every one data gathered of their probe shall be shared with the Lawyer Common’s Workplace.

This isn’t the primary grievance in opposition to monks for abusing minors in Bolivia, however few instances have been completely investigated and delivered to justice.

In 2015, a rural priest was sentenced to fifteen years in jail for the abuse of 12 minors. A short while later he dedicated suicide in jail. In 2009 a priest was sentenced to 22 years in jail for comparable crimes.