Spanish Catholic Church's internal child abuse investigation is 'of little use', prosecutor says

19/5/2022 7:10:00 PM

The Spanish Bishops' Conference declined to comment on the prosecutor's letter.

The Spanish Bishops' Conference declined to comment on the prosecutor's letter.

MADRID (Reuters) - An internal investigation by the Spanish Catholic Church into alleged child sexual abuse by members of the clergy is 'partial' and 'of little use', the office of Spain's national prosecutor wrote in a letter to the country's ombudsman made available to Reuters.

FILE PHOTO: Pope Francis leads a Holy Mass in St. Peter's Square as he canonises ten new saints at the Vatican, May 15, 2022. REUTERS/Remo CasilliMADRID (Reuters) - An internal investigation by the Spanish Catholic Church into alleged child sexual abuse by members of the clergy is"partial" and"of little use", the office of Spain's national prosecutor wrote in a letter to the country's ombudsman made available to Reuters.

The Spanish Catholic Church in January launched diocesan-level inquiries after Spanish newspaper El Pais reported in December more than 1,200 cases of alleged abuse between 1943 and 2018.The revelations came years after sexual abuse scandals had rocked the Church in countries such as the United States, Ireland and France.

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