Rapist priest who infected victims with HIV forgiven by the Catholic Church.
The Catholic Church has once again proven its stance on child abuse, after forgiving a member of its clergy who committed some of the worse crimes we have seen.
Catholic priest Jose Garcia Ataulfo has been ‘forgiven’ and ‘absolved’ of his crimes by the Archdiocese of Mexico, Urgente24.com have reported.
Ataulfo admitted to raping up to 30 young girls during his time as a priest, but his crimes have been skimmed over by the church, who seemingly are prepared to forgive and forget.
The Daily Mail reported:
“Ataulfo has admitted to sexually assaulting indigenous young girls from Oaxaca, a state in southern Mexico known for its large indigenous population.
The priest has yet to face any criminal charges, most likely due to the significant influence that the Catholic Church wields in Mexico, particularly in areas populated by indigenous ethnic groups.”
Since becoming head of the Catholic Church in 2013, Pope Francis claimed to have taken a hard line with the abuse and subsequent cover-ups of that occurred over a number of years throughout the Catholic Church. He vowed to remove any Bishops or church leaders who tried to continue to hide abuse from being made public knowledge.
But it seems his message did not get through to some parts of the church, who are still intent on keeping abuse a secret.
One of the mothers of the victims has spoken out against the decision for the priest to be absolved, and has tried to get in contact with the Vatican to bring the case to light.
Anonymous Mexico reported:
“the mother of one of the victims asked to meet with Pope Francis in Rome, but she was rebuffed by the Vatican which wrote a letter stating that it considered the matter closed.”
Since the Catholic Church abuse scandals were brought to light, it is estimated that the church has spent around $3 billion dollars in reparation money to its victims, but this does not account for all of the victims.
Only two more of Ataulfo’s victims have come forward to speak out against the decision to absolve him, showing just how deep seated the problem of abuse is in some parts of the world. The Mexican victims obviously feel that they have no chance of ever being given justice by the church, who have made it quite clean whose side they are on.