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Archbishop accused of hiding pedophilia

Former priest files accusation against Cardinal Rivera

A senior official of the Catholic Church in Mexico announced his resignation yesterday, the same day that a former priest filed accusations that Cardinal Norberto Rivera had concealed 15 cases of pedophilia by priests.


Rivera presented his resignation as Primate Archbishop of Mexico to church authorities, complying with regulations that require prelates to retire upon reaching the age of 75.

Rivera will turn 75 next Tuesday, said a spokesman of the Archdiocese of Mexico.

The accusation that Rivera covered up multiple cases of child sex abuse committed by priests throughout the country was filed before the federal Attorney General’s office (PGR) by Alberto Athié Gallo, a priest who resigned in 2000 over what he saw as the systematic concealment of pedophilia in the church.

Accompanied by alleged victims of pedophile priests, Athié told a press conference that Rivera reported cases of sexual abuse of minors to Catholic authorities in the Vatican, but bypassed authorities in Mexico.

Athié recalled that last December Rivera declared he had never protected a pedophile and cited at least 15 cases in the Archdiocese of México of priests who had been tried and sentenced.

He said it could be inferred from the archbishop’s statement that he “had broad, full and indubitable knowledge of the commission of wrongful acts perpetrated by at least 15 priests assigned to the archdiocese in his charge.”

According to federal law, Athié said, such cases must be reported to the authorities.

The accusation against the head of the Catholic Church in Mexico includes information from an agency within the federal Interior Secretariat stating it had never received reports of crimes committed by priests, including pederasty, who were assigned to the Mexico City archdiocese.

There was no indication that Rivera’s resignation was linked to the accusation of a cover-up.

Source: El Universal (sp), El Sol de México (sp)

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  • EspuroPedo EspuroPedo

    Aye karamba. Most priests get more pricks than a diabetic.

  • The Church needs to remember the Gospel, specifically Matthew 5: 15 … “Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.” The Church needs to clean house and get rid of all child molesters AND everyone who tried to cover it up. Let the light shine as darkness hates the light.

  • Stan Mann

    For most of the catholic church’s history men became priests to deal with childhood abuse they suffered. Mothers throughout history who had sons with any kind of weird sexuality pushed the sons to become priests. The celibacy angle is why the mothers wanted their sons to be priests. Now you see what happens when you have an organization filled with closeted homosexual men. It is very dangerous to children. All homosexual men are closeted at some point.

    • Commander Barkfeather

      Please cite the study that indicates that homosexual men have a greater predilection towards pedophilia than heterosexual men. Likewise the study that suggests that homosexuals become priests. I’m afraid your homophobia is showing.

      • Stan Mann

        “age fifteen Matthew Shepard was arrested for molesting two eight-year-old boys” “The book of Matt”

        “While doing research for my book The Sex Effect, I came across many scholars who suggested that preventing priests from marrying altered the makeup of the priesthood over time, unintentionally providing a shelter for some devout gay men to hide their sexual orientation.

        Now tell us about your first sexual experiences as a 15 year old barkfeather.

        • Commander Barkfeather

          So one example (Matthew Shepard) from a poorly sourced, discredited potboiler (The Book Of Matt) is the study that suggests homosexuals have a greater predilection towards pedophilia? Have you read “The Protocols Of The Elders Of Zion?” (I hope not.)

          I congratulate you on writing a book–I hope it’s a good book, many are not. So who are those scholars you came across and what are their credentials? BTW, I agree that the priesthood should be open to both women and married men.

          When I was fifteen, I was repeatedly sexually molested by a white, married, Protestant, ordained Minister. Thanks for asking.

          • Stan Mann

            You were raped by a closeted homosexual. You were 15, you had already hit puberty. I wonder if you were abused before that event and are repressing the trauma.

            More examples :
            “Gay rights icon Larry Brinkin, 66, has been arrested on charges of child pornography, “

  • K. Chris C.

    “…and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy…”

    An American citizen, not US subject.

  • Mary K Dyson

    Heterosexual men are more often the perpetrators of sexual abuse of children. . . not gay men. Sorry but I don’t remember the studies now but I used to give workshops on the sexual abuse of children and on gay and lesbian experience.
    Sexual abuse of children is not about “weird” sexuality it’s about patriarchy. One in 4 children are sexually abused in North America and not only by men. It’s best not to hide behind the notion that it is queer men who are the problem. Your homophobia is so boring and weird Mr. Sex Expert.

  • The archbishop did not hide pedophilia cases. He did not cover up priests who had a sexual attraction to children. He covered up priests who were raping children. He was hiding child sexual abuse.

    News organizations these days need to look at a dictionary and stop minimizing these horrific acts by conflating them with a feeling. It does a disservice to those with that feeling by accusing them of hurting children where they have not, and it does a disservice to abuse victims by inferring that their pain was caused by feelings, not actions.

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