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Catalonia creates the first state investigation commission on pederasty in the Church

The Plenary Session of the Parliament has approved this Wednesday to create an investigation commission on pederasty in the Church, although it will finally serve to also address sexual abuse in other areas such as sports, education or the family as long as they have not previously collaborated with justice . The latter has served for Junts and the PSC to join the initiative, which initially started from the Comuns and had the support of the ERC and the CUP.

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The commission request was registered on February 22, shortly after the sexual abuse perpetrated against several former students by Jesús Linares at La Salle Premià de Mar became known, as this newspaper revealed. It also coincided with the debate for a state-level investigation commission, which will finally be carried out through the Ombudsman, despite the fact that some victims are suspicious of its lack of coercive power when summoning those responsible for church.

During the parliamentary session this Wednesday, the president of the Government, Pere Aragonès, has defended his “maximum commitment” with this commission. “Our will to collaborate in this commission is absolute. These are serious events that have occurred systematically. And they affect the most unprotected in society, children, especially in environments where they should be as protected as possible”, Aragonès stated.

Jéssica González, deputy for En Comú, has celebrated reaching “a new milestone” in the fight against sexual aggressors to “guarantee that this type of abuse of minors does not happen again”. “Pederasty is not exclusive to the Church, but it is exclusive that a single institution has accumulated such a number of cases,” denounced González, who has asked “not to be the exception of Europe” in this type of investigation. The CUP has also congratulated itself on the success of a commission that “will take another step forward in the work that organized entities and people have done,” said Dolors Sabater, “who with their struggle have opened avenues such as having a public care network to the victims”.

Also the deputy Raul Moreno, on behalf of the PSC, has defended the amendments of his party that have dealt with the focus in April beyond the spaces of the Church. “We could not tell a person who has suffered abuse that we did not investigate them because they had not occurred in the Church,” he said, after defending that the events that occurred, for example, in the secular educational field or in institutions should also be clarified. sports.

A similar message has been conveyed by David Saldoni, from Junts, who has assured that it was also necessary to study the cases that occur in other areas, such as the family, “where the majority of cases of abuse occur”, he has pointed out. “It is our responsibility to investigate in the parliamentary sphere, but also with specific programs that are carried out by institutions, such as Barnahus, a comprehensive care service for children and adolescents who are victims of sexual abuse, opened two years ago in Tarragona.

Among the dissenting voices, the position of Manuel Jesús Acosta, a deputy for Vox, has stood out, who has described the proposal of ERC, CUP and ECP as “transmission belt of a report by the Síndic de Greuges that is highly biased and subjective”. Acosta, who has ensured that he condemns “all abuses, wherever they come from,” has assured that only 0.2% of abuses in Spain occur within the Church. “However, this proposal focuses on that 0.2%, why don’t they look at 99.8% of cases?”, he asked, considering that the Parliament intends to “look only at the Catholic Church and not in other confessions. The deputy has also assured that the Church has already begun to carry out an investigation on its own, which is why he has refused to support it.

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