Wednesday, July 6

The bishops sign the person responsible for the investigation in the Portuguese Church as an advisor to their anti-abuse audit

While the leadership of the Spanish Episcopal Conference (Omella, Osoro and Argüello) travel to Rome, where on Thursday they will be received by Pope Francis to report on the work against abuses in the Church and the demands of the victims, the office Cremades & Calvo Sotelo presents at noon this Wednesday the commission of experts that will carry out the audit commissioned by the Episcopate. And among its members, according to El País and can confirm, is Pedro Strecht, responsible for the investigation in the Portuguese Church.

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The firm, through its president, Javier Cremades, will announce the names of the 18 members of the commission, as well as the work carried out since the agreement was presented on January 22 (although the contract has not yet been made public). , as promised that day) with the president of the Episcopal Conference, Juan José Omella. Javier Cremades will also have the lawyers Martin Pusch and Ulrich Wastl, from the office that carried out the investigation in Munich.

The Spanish investigation will have much more to do with the German than with the French, since the bishops want to avoid a projection of data that could lead to a scandalous figure. If in secular France the estimated number of victims exceeds 330,000, the projection for ‘Catholic’ (at least in Franco’s time) Spain could be higher, so the model will not carry out an exhaustive investigation.

By the way, that the French bishops are discussing this week about the weight of the compensation to the victims (in January they created a fund with at least 20 million euros for payments to the survivors), something that for the moment the Church of our country. Practically all of the victims’ associations, for their part, have already announced their refusal to participate in the Cremades audit. That, in fact, will be one of the demands that the Spanish bishops will take to the Pope this Thursday.

Other members of the commission

Joining them will also be Patricia Lee Refo, former president of the American Bar Association; Carolina Marín Pedreño, from the British firm Dawson Cornwell; Katharina Miller, President of the European Association of Women Lawyers; Juan Carlos Gutiérrez, Venezuelan lawyer from the Cremades office; M. Velazquez, from the American firm Paul Weiss; the Costa Rican psychologist Marina Peña; or Juan Pablo Gallego, Argentine lawyer who led the lawsuit against the priest Julio César Grassi. Together with them, a team from Cremades himself who, how Digital Religion advancedis being coordinated by the former president of the ACdP (Catholic Association of Propagandists) and general secretary of the Educatio Servanda Foundation (ultra-Catholic institution that segregates by sex), Alfredo Dagnino.

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