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Argüello: “What we approved today is not to respond to the Government, but to the victims” – Spanish Church

Argüello: “What we approved today is not to respond to the Government, but to the victims” – Spanish Church
Argüello: “What we approved today is not to respond to the Government, but to the victims” – Spanish Church

14.42h | “It is not asking too much for the Government to think of all the victims. I remember the report of the State Attorney General’s Office in recent years or how the ANAR Foundation has published the report on child abuse that occurs in Spain. The Government has responsibility for all victims of abuse that occur in the State. A partial, biased view makes it difficult to find agreements from there.”

14.39h | Argüello on the Government’s imposition of a reparation plan for victims of abuse: “We have not set a date for a meeting with the Government. The Government of a democratic state must respect the rules of the game, and the rule of the game is that an institution has the right and at the same time the duty to organize itself and respond to what it considers to be its obligations.”

14.37h | We have been focused on approving our own document and not taking on other distractions. We communicated at the time when we had our first meeting with the Government, the desire to be able to share what we are doing. We have been unilateral, we wanted to take a step to which we are not legally obliged.”

14. 34 | Argüello says that “comprehensive reparation requires time, people, and compensation for the damage caused. There is money, but also time and people. The Church responds with the resources of its communion of life and goods to whatever it has to address.”

14.31h | ARgüello confirms that many of the victims’ associations have not attended due to recent events: “With this plan we want to present it to victims’ associations if they wish so that it can be discussed. In the dialogue with the Government we have told them that we would like to share this plan with them and see the possibilities of understanding. The Government has to tell us the legal basis to see what measures it wants to take in cases where according to the laws of the State they are prescribed.”

14.22h | Argüello, on the Government’s request: “What we approved today is not to respond to a reproach from the Government, but to respond to the victims. Our work began before there was an initiative from the Government. As the Minister of the Presidency knows well, we are willing to collaborate loyally based on respect for what the Church means, its legal framework recognized by the Spanish state, and loyal collaboration in what responds to the responsibilities of each individual. The Government has responsibility for all citizens, and for all victims, and we can offer our experience regarding the abuses committed by members of the Catholic Church.”

14.18h | Argüello on the Government’s reproach that the Church acts unilaterally: “A member of the Government said that the Church has acted unilaterally and yes, because it is our way of assuming our responsibility, on our own initiative, of course it is unilateral but this, which may seem like a reproach, is in reality a recognition, because only when the legal avenues are closed, only if another avenue is opened, the Church’s own decision unilaterally and then in communion they decide to take a step.”

14.17h | Argüello, on meetings with victims of abuse victims’ associations: “On June 21, 12 associations participated, six of them victims and six others providing support. Most of the victims are not members and it is important to provide face-to-face support.”

14.14h | Sariego explained that the three approved documents are a regulatory framework to tackle this reality and to put special emphasis on moral reparation. There is always legal reparation, but for cases that have expired and cannot be opened due to the time elapsed or the death of the perpetrator, the Church has a moral duty to these people and we only want to tackle this at this time, in the present and in the future. Our determination, which is very much agreed upon, is to make amends for those victims that some of our members have caused, to accompany and help.

14.12h | CONFER President Jesus Diaz Sariego: “The first element I would like to highlight is raising awareness and it has changed our way of responding, of learning how to respond to their needs, trying to prevent, to the extent of our possibilities, abuses from taking place in spaces of the Church.”

14.08h | Argüello, on PRIVA: “A comprehensive reception system beyond the rules of law to live this accompaniment and proposal for reparation”

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