Tuesday, April 9

Sánchez decides that the Ombudsman investigate the abuses in the Church


The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, has decided that the investigation into the abuses committed within the Church is carried out through the Ombudsman with the help of a commission created for this purpose and made up of experts and other groups.

Sánchez had already advanced that he had an idea on how to deal with the investigation of these abuses but that he would not make a decision until he met with one of the victims, the writer Alejandro Palomas, whom he received last Thursday at the Palacio de la Moncloa.

Finally, according to ‘El País’ and Moncloa sources have confirmed to Efe, there will not be a parliamentary investigation commission and the work of collecting all the data will be carried out through the Ombudsman, an institution headed by Ángel Gabilondo .

But it will be the Parliament that must endorse this path promoted by Sánchez, since the socialist group in Congress will present this Monday a non-law proposal in which the Ombudsman is entrusted with the drafting of a report on the abuse in the Church.

An independent advisory commission

A task in which the institution will have a commission regardless of advice which is intended to be made up of experts, representatives of the victims, the Church and various public administrations.

The objective is to determine responsibilities, repair the victims and plan public policies aimed at the prevention and care of these cases, and, for this, the report that is made will be sent both to the Parliament like the government.

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Sánchez has been defending the need for this investigation with independence of the decision of the State Attorney General to ask the autonomous public prosecutor’s offices to send him all the complaints and lawsuits in process about assaults and sexual abuse of minors committed by religious.

“The Prosecutor’s Office has done what it has to do,” the Prime Minister stressed this week before meeting with Alexander Pigeons, the writer who revealed that he was the victim of sexual abuse by a teacher at La Salle de Premià de Mar (Barcelona) when he was 8 years old.

Palomas, after his meeting with the Prime Minister, expressed his satisfaction with Sánchez’s commitment, and this Sunday, after learning of the decision that it will be investigated through the Ombudsman, he has written on social media that “today is a great day.”

“The echo of many small voices is, added together, an earthquake”, has added. Sánchez has finally chosen to entrust the task to the Ombudsman instead of backing a investigation commission in Congress as they defended in an initiative United We Can, ERC Y EH Bildu, which was processed on Tuesday by the Board of the Chamber.

The PSOE He had already expressed his doubts about the effectiveness of this route since they assure that they intend that the investigation does not become a show.

The spokesman and general secretary of the Episcopal Conference, Luis Arguello, He also considered this week that a commission in Congress is not the appropriate environment to investigate cases of pederasty in the Church because “political issues and support needs will have more influence than the real interest of the victims.”

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