The Shocking Record of Cardinal Fernández on Sexual Abuse

The former archbishop of La Plata, Víctor Manuel Fernández, was recently appointed to be the Vatican’s doctrine chief by Pope Francis.

An archbishop very close to the Pope is accused of covering up sexual abuse in Argentina, Víctor Manuel Fernández together with Pope Francis, who appointed him the new prefect of the Doctrine of the Faith.

A victim of the La Plata priest Eduardo Lorenzo, the priest who was accused of pedophilia and ended up committing suicide, traveled to the Vatican. What he seeks is to prevent the former archbishop of La Plata, Víctor “Tucho” Fernández, whom he considers to be a cover-up for the priest denounced by more than five boys who went to the parish, from holding one of the highest positions in the Catholic Church. of the.

Diego Pérez (32), the victim who was 16 years old when the abuse occurred, traveled to Rome on Tuesday, via Ezeiza, accompanied by lawyer Sergio Salinas, from the International Network Against Ecclesiastical Child Abuse ECA (Ending Clergy Abuse) and complainant of the victims of the Próvolo Institute.

On this Thursday morning, the young man who suffered humiliation and torture, participated in a protest meters from Saint Peter’s Basilica, in front of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, inside the Vatican, where Archbishop Fernández has been appointed , one of the priests closest to Pope Francis.

The Pope has promised to end sexual crimes within the Church and has asked for forgiveness from the victims. But activists in Rome want him to sign a zero-tolerance law to be approved by the Synod of Bishops on October 4.

Lawyer Salinas explained that Pérez’s trip was financed by ECA, an entity that fights against clerical abuse. “We are about 30 people, from different countries, who make up this network against sexual abuse committed by priests and nuns,” he explained hours before participating in the escrache against Fernández.

Regarding the victim, the lawyer told Clarín: “This trip has been very moving for Diego because he has relived all the terror that he suffered when he was a teenager.”

Former Archbishop Fernández, who will be named Cardinal this Saturday, was appointed on July 1, 2023 as Prefect of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith and President of the Pontifical Biblical Commission and the International Theological Commission.

Upon making his appointment public, the Vatican Press Office published the letter that Pope Francis dedicated to Fernández.

“Increase intelligence and the transmission of faith at the service of evangelization, so that its light is a criterion for understanding the meaning of existence, especially in the face of the questions raised by the progress of science and the development of society.” ”, this is, according to Pope Francis, the main purpose of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith.

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