Bishops to meet on July 9 to discuss plan for reparation for abuse victims – Spanish Church

Bishops to meet on July 9 to discuss plan for reparation for abuse victims – Spanish Church
Bishops to meet on July 9 to discuss plan for reparation for abuse victims – Spanish Church

11.52h | García Magán clarifies that the bishops of the Permanent Commission never proposed to make a new document on ‘Fiducia supplicans’: “What was agreed, after the document of the Cicastery of the Doctrine of the Faith, there was an explanation and the praxis of what is being done in Spain is in line with what the dicastery says but there was no proposal to make a new document.”

11.46h | García Magán on migrations: “It is a shame that this has been used politically because it should be a matter of State agreement without political labels, and a commitment. We cannot leave the churches of the Canary Islands alone, but we must start to dialogue. Even in Europe, they can leave the southern coastal countries, Spain, Italy, Greece, on the sidelines of the reception and give rise to this situation. This migratory surge is linked to an international context of lack of security and future, which is why we reject ideological and political instrumentalization and alarmist discourse.

The Secretary General added that “welcoming migrants is part of the Church’s integral defence of human life and the dignity of persons, and this dignity extends from the present unborn life to its final natural end.” And to defend life comprehensively is not to remain only in that unborn life, it is a yes to life that includes support for immigrants, support for the poor, the needy, abused women, new slaveries, those who are drug addicts.”

11.38h | García Magán assures that the Permanent Commission has not officially discussed the Belorado crisis: “During meals, during breaks, over coffee, we have spoken and asked the Archbishop of Burgos questions. It is a painful subject, a very regrettable subject because breaking ecclesial communion and declaring schism is regrettable. Everything that has happened is incomprehensible, not only with the Poor Clare nuns but also with the people who have been around the Belorado area. The Archdiocese of Burgos is acting with clarity, with charity and with patience, a lot of patience. The outstretched hands of the nuns have been given to her. Membership of the Church cannot be imposed on anyone nor can anyone be prevented from leaving. The sad reality is that some members of a religious monastery have wanted to break communion with the Church.

11.34h | García Magán insists that there will be medical, psychological or spiritual support:“There will be financial compensation for the victims that they request it, now the concrete when we present the plan we will say it”:

11. 31 | García Magán reports that PRIVA does not record the number of victims of abuse: “We are not going to start arguing about the number up or down. The important thing is the victims, giving each one a personalized, comprehensive response. Among the victims, which are not all because some are going through judicial proceedings and closed and some have even received financial compensation by court ruling, but they are of a different type. In the dance of figures, there are not only our own figures, but there are also variations in different sources. We are not going to get into whether there are a hundred fewer or a hundred more, it is not that the numbers do not matter, but we put the emphasis on other areas.”

11. 28h | García Magán, on the meeting between the Church and the victims: “There have been meetings with the victims, some have been made public and others have not. In this house these meetings will be discreet on our part, we will not say what the victims have said here.”

11.27h | García Magán, on the plan for reparation for victims of abuse: “The recommendations of the Cremades report and the Ombudsman are included in ‘Para dar luz’, which has been updated and those indications have been taken into account. There are indications from the Ombudsman’s report included in the PRIVA, but it is different because the PRIVA is an action plan for that specific area of ​​cases in which it is not possible to proceed through a judicial, civil or canonical route, for example due to the death of the perpetrator, but nevertheless there is a moral obligation to put the victim at the centre, and although the judicial, civil or canonical route cannot be followed, the PRIVA wants to address that, so the Ombudsman’s recommendations are indirectly taken into account.”

11.18h | During the Permanent, the person in charge of the Vocational Pastoral Service, Luis Arguello, has submitted a report on the preparation of the National Vocations Congress ‘Who am I for? Assembly of those called to the mission’which will take place in Madrid of the February 7-9, 2025: ”We must not have a reductive view of what a vocation is. We are all called because the first fundamental vocation and foundation of the others is the baptismal one. García Magán has stated.

11. 17h | The technical secretary of the Commission of the Spanish Episcopal Conference for the Jubilee 2025, Francisco Romero, has explained in the Permanent the objectives and activities that are being carried out, in relation to the diocesan authorities and the Holy See, in view of the Jubilee 2025which has been called by Pope Francis.

11:15am | The bishops of the Permanent Commission have reflected on the discernment of supernatural phenomena and apparitions in light of the document of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith in which the norms for proceeding in alleged supernatural phenomena were reformed: “This document establishes some competencies for the episcopal conferences in this process of discernment and it has been agreed that the body that assumes and coordinates it will be the Episcopal Commission for the Doctrine of the Faith,” García Magán reported.

11.11h | García Magán has reported that the Permanent Commission has learned about the Draft Plan for the Implementation of the Criteria for the Reform of Seminaries in Spain. The basis of this draft is the document “Some criteria for updating initial priestly formation in the major seminaries of the particular Churches that make up the Spanish Episcopal Conference,” which the Spanish bishops received at their meeting on November 28 with the Pope and the Dicastery for the Clergy. The members of the Permanent Commission have evaluated the document and made their contributions. The document will be studied at the next Plenary Assembly in November. so that all the bishops can speak out.

11.10h | García Magán, on the plan for reparations for victims: “This plan will involve personalizing it by listening to each victim, providing technical, psychological and spiritual support that should not be ruled out or excluded a priori, in fact some victims have asked for it, and also financial support for the victims.”

11.07h | García Magán has reported that the Permanent Commission has studied and approved the “Comprehensive Reparation Plan for Victims of Sexual Abuse of Minors and Vulnerable Persons Equivalent in Law.” In order to make it known to all the bishops, a meeting has been held for the Tuesday, July 9, an Extraordinary Plenary Assembly so that “all bishops can be familiar with the text, make their contributions and, if appropriate, give their approval”

11am | The press conference of the Secretary General of the Spanish Episcopal Conference, Francisco César García Magán, begins.

The Secretary General of the Spanish Episcopal Conference, Francisco Cesar Garcia Magan, informs the media about the issues addressed by the bishops at the Permanent Commission held on Tuesday and Wednesday at the headquarters of the episcopate.

Two days where the members of the Permanent have studied the comprehensive reparation plan for victims of sexual abuse of minors or vulnerable persons within the Church prepared by the Coordination and Advisory Service for Offices for the Protection of Minors.

For his part, the president of the Episcopal Subcommission for Seminaries, Jesús Vidal, has brought to the meeting the draft implementation plan for the criteria for the reform of seminaries in Spain. For its part, the Commission for the Doctrine of the Faith has presented a reflection on the blessing of irregular and same-sex couples that includes the vatican document ‘Begging for confidence’.

The bishops of the Permanent Commission have also received information about the next National Congress of Vocations that will take place in Madrid of the February 7-9, 2025, in addition to preparations for the Jubilee of Rome 2025, which is the responsibility of the Episcopal Commission for Evangelization, Catechesis and Catechumenate.

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