The first domino to fall in the Roman Catholic Church’s child rape and abuse scandal in the South and Central American countries. This is just the beginning, and stories will begin to break like they did decades ago in the USA, then Europe and Australia.

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Bishop accused of abuse

2013-09-22 09:54

(Picture: <a href=\\http://www.shutterstock.com\\>Shutterstock</a>)Lima – Pope Francis has removed a Roman Catholic bishop in Peru who an influential former prelate says is suspected of sexually abusing minors.

Gabino Miranda, 53, was removed as part of the new pope’s “zero tolerance” policy against abuse, the Reverend Luis Bambaren, the retired former Peruvian bishops’ conference chief, told reporters on Friday.

Miranda is only the second bishop known to have been removed in recent times by the Vatican over sex abuse allegations.

The Reverend Percy Quispe, spokesperson for the archdiocese of Ayacucho where Miranda was assigned, confirmed his removal to The Associated Press on Saturday.

He said Miranda departed in July but did not specify the reason.

Miranda had since 2007 led the youth ministry of Peru’s bishops’ commission. He was a close associate of the powerful Cardinal Juan Cipriani of Lima, sharing membership in the conservative Opus Dei organisation.

In bad taste

The regional prosecutor’s office said in a statement on Friday that an investigation had been opened into Miranda but did not specify the subject.

Cipriani expressed displeasure with Bambaren on Saturday in a radio interview from the Vatican, where he was to meet with the pope on Monday. “I don’t think it’s in good taste for a retired bishop to have made an accusation that is somewhat exaggerated or at the very least strong.”

Bambaren, an 85-year-old Jesuit, did not return AP phone calls seeking comment and Quispe said the archbishop of Ayacucho, Miranda’s former superior, was traveling abroad and could not be reached.

The Vatican also did not respond to AP requests for comment on the case.

Opus Dei issued a statement on Friday saying that Miranda “denied any crime having to do with minors” but said it had very little information about his situation. Attempts to reach Opus Dei officials to try to determine Miranda’s whereabouts were unsuccessful.

Miranda had spent his career in Peru’s Quechua-speaking southern Andes.

Allegations of abuse

Earlier this month, the Vatican confirmed that its ambassador to the Dominican Republic, Jozef Wesolowski, had been recalled and removed from his job amid a Vatican and Dominican investigation into allegations of abuse.

For decades, bishops have been virtually untouchable when it comes to Vatican discipline as they function very much as kings in their own diocesan fiefdoms.

The most prominent bishop to have been removed for alleged abuse was the archbishop of Vienna, Hans Hermann Groer, two decades ago.

 

– AP
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15 thoughts on “The first domino to fall in the Roman Catholic Church’s child rape and abuse scandal in the South and Central American countries. This is just the beginning, and stories will begin to break like they did decades ago in the USA, then Europe and Australia.

  1. See Pope Francis…all your Unholy Roman Catholic Church of Pedophile Degenerates did was move the child rapist priests from the US, Ireland, NSW, Austrailia, Italy, Britian, Rome and other places to the Central and South American countries so they could find a fresh new flock of children to use as their sex toys.

    Sure they cleaned their act up Parishioners….they cleaned up the child rapists and moved them to a different country to rape even more children.

    How much does the RCC scream about their rules but fail to follow this one from their own Catechism?

    “Rape is the forcible violation of the sexual intimacy of another person. It does injury to justice and charity. Rape deeply wounds the respect, freedom, and physical and moral integrity to which every person has a right. It causes grave damage that can mark the victim for life. It is always an intrinsically evil act. Graver still is the rape of children committed by parents (incest) or those responsible for the education of the children entrusted to them.” (no. 2356)

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  4. Maybe there is no god, but it doesn’t mean religious organisations or their affiliates don’t do any good. The Catholic Women’s League in my part of the world helps poor South Africans without IDs get their papers sorted out so that they can claim social benefits such as old age benefits and child grants. One might as well use the structures that are in place to help people who despair in the face of the red tape they have to disentangle. I am by no means a socialist, but modest grants have their place in a country with such a high degree of inequality. I wouldn’t DREAM of telling anyone they shouldn’t use contraception, by the way,

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  5. “OF COURSE there is NO god” Baie snaakse stelling, kan dit wees dat as mens van die pad (course) af is dan is daar gaan hoop vir jou nie, dan vind jy God is nie daar nie? So moenie daar gaan soek nie, jy gaan “niks” daar vind.

    Kan pedofilië dan wetenskaplik bewys word dat dit in die gene is?, meeste pedofilieë is latent homoseksueel – wat geneties bepaal word vogens Savage

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    • Johann, jy beweer jy is op die regte pad (course) en dus het jy jou god gevind. Hoekom kan jy hom dan nie vir ons wys nie?

      Ongelukkig is ons wat ons gene van ons maak – geen gode sal dit verander nie. So ook sal ‘n gebiddery niks verander nie, want die gode is net in julle koppe.

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      • Ek probeer vir julle “wys” waar om te kyk, maar daar is gedagtes en konsepte in jul psige wat jul daarvan weerhou, geen gene kan dit verander nie.

        Hoekom doen ek dit? (Hoekom bodder ek om hoegenaamd met julle in gesprek te tree ?) Ek besef dat in die “geestelike” wêreld is dinge baie onseker, en sou graag saam met julle dinge wou uitpluis, maar as julle nou nog sukkel om dit raak te sien (d.i geestelike werklikheid ) wanneer gaan dit moontlik wees om “aan te beweeg”, dis die pad wat ek graag saam met julle wou loop, maar julle wil nie, julle beweeg die heeltyd “terug”.

        Ek kan nie praat vir die Roomse kerk of enige iemand anders nie, wat ander mense doen is hulle saak, hulle is wat hulle is a.g.v. hul gene. . .? (moffies, dyke, pedofilieë, moordenaars, grootpraters, haters van God,. . . alles gene?), vasgevang in ‘n “land slide, no escape from reality” gaan die ou queens aan “open your eyes, look up to the skies . . .” en nou vir die beste van hul braaksel “AND SEE” en dis sovêr aswat hulle kan gaan, hulle sugureer dat daar iets is wat hulle weet net om uiting te gee aan hoe hulle voel en geld te maak – dis bluff.

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    • Seer plekkie in jou ego se mondering? Gelukkig is jou ego net ‘n masker wat jy dra – dit wat jy wys vir die wêreld daar buite en nie wie jy is nie.

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  6. You know what’s fun? Getting a born again Christian fired from their job for being an arsehole. Being a douchebag is something the fundie can’t not be, so they should NEVER be in communications or public relations. Yet some of them think they should be in those positions. They do enormous damage to the reputation of the companies they work for by pissing off everybody, whether customers or employees. You’ll find a lot of them in human resources organising “team building” programs and other kak that waste people’s time they could otherwise use productively generating income.

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