El Salvadoran church suspends priest in sex abuse case


El Salvadoran church suspends priest in sex abuse case

From the link: http://news.yahoo.com/el-salvadoran-church-suspends-bishop-sex-abuse-case-212643387.html

FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2015, file photo, monsignor Jesus Delgado, right, listens to Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for Families, during a press conference, at the Vatican. El Salvador's Roman Catholic Church announced Thursday, Nov. 25, that it has suspended the well-known priest, saying he acknowledged sexually abusing a young girl. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File)

FILE – In this Feb. 4, 2015, file photo, monsignor Jesus Delgado, right, listens to Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for Families, during a press conference, at the Vatican. El Salvador’s Roman Catholic Church announced Thursday, Nov. 25, that it has suspended the well-known priest, saying he acknowledged sexually abusing a young girl. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File)

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — El Salvador’s Roman Catholic Church announced Thursday it has suspended a well-known priest, saying he acknowledged sexually abusing a young girl.

Monsignor Jesus Delgado was the vicar general of the Archdiocese of San Salvador and was considered a close associate of assassinated Archbishop Oscar Romero.

The 77-year-old Delgado is known affectionately as “Father Chus,” the familiar form of the name Jesus. He has written two books about Romero, who was gunned down by a right-wing death squad on March 24, 1980.

The head of external affairs for the archdiocese, Monsignor Rafael Urrutia, said Delgado had acknowledged the abuse and “is willing to meet with the victim to ask her forgiveness.” Urrutia said Delgado has been suspended from all priestly functions, including his role in canonization process for Romero.

The victim, now 42, has not been identified. But Urrutia said she asked “only that he leave the priesthood and apologize.”

Catholics expressed surprise and shock that a respected priest like Delgado had been involved in abuse.

Josefa Castillo, a parishioner at San Salvador’s Immaculate Conception church, said: “I never would have thought it. I know Msgr. Delgado well, I can’t believe it.”

Parishioner Manuela Estrada, said, “I never thought something like this could happen with Father Chus, he seemed like a good man, a good priest.”

But Amilcar Melendez, who is also a Catholic but attends another church, said Delgado should be jailed.

“If he did this to kids, he should be punished, kicked out of the church, and put in jail,” Melendez said.

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The Catechism offers a clear moral teaching: "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) Note that rape is "an intrinsically evil act," meaning that it is evil at its very root, nothing justifies it, and it is objectively a mortal sin. An evil act was done against me, a crime, by a priest at St Thomas More Parish in Durham, NH. An evil and a crime I will no longer keep silent about. Those who perpetrate crimes against children, especially those of the Roman Catholic Church, should all be punished for their crimes against children. Anything less would be criminal.

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