International Media Network, Al Jazeera is just one of the handful of news companies that bravely looked into the largest and also most powerful religion in the Philippines, the Catholic Church.
East 101 of Al Jazeera, revealed part of the surprising secrets of the Catholic Church which you cannot really see locally due to becoming untouchable even with certain huge local news outlets.
In their 26-minute documentary entitled, “Sexual misconduct in the Philippines’ Catholic Church: Sins of the Father.” It became clear that many priests actually performed major crimes such as pedophilia and also homosexuality, but, these were not being delivered to justice.
Retired Archbishop Oscar Cruz although appearing a Catholic Priest, didn’t think twice to guide Al Jazeera in their documentary by providing several details about the sins of the Church.
“Yes, yes, yes… [there are] more reports on pedophilia and homosexuality,” Cruz stated, speaking about the priests who allegedly engaged a crime, yet didn’t obtained prosecute.
“It is a heinous crime, you know. And a priest at that? Violating a minor? Come on!” he also added.
Al Jazeera additionally questioned a few of the suspected victims of particular Catholic priest.
Among the victims, “Imelda” who stated that the time she was only 15 years old, she was sexually abused by a priest. She even said that as she submitted a police record, two different people from their Church attempted to bribe her with around P7 ,500 in return of declining the case as well as to remain her silence.
“At first, I didn’t really want to accept the money because I already knew it was from a priest, but they were so insistent that I take the money,” Imelda explained.
Legal adviser Jaime Achacoso, a lawyer who taken care of most of the cases of molest allegedly engaged by some Catholic Priest revealed that even with a few of the abuses started to be recognized to the public, many of the accused are remain not yet eliminated from their position.
“Oh yes, they weren’t, unfortunately. And the inadequate investigations in the past have festered, so things have not been solved,” he revealed to Al Jazeera.
“Priests continue to be there,” Atty. Jaime Achacoso added.
Last week, the Catholic Church got a variety of criticisms from President Rodrigo Duterte which led to an intense religious discussion on social media.
76 million Filipino citizens are Catholics ever since birth, but, putting this aside Duterte last week decide to start fighting against their priests, so he mocked the stated religion’s teachings particularly the belief that any specific individuals acquired the sin of Adam and Eve.
Given that the election period, certain priests and also Duterte are actually swapping tirades against one another.
Duterte furthermore believed that he has also been allegedly molested by an American priest the time he was going to a Jesuit school in Davao City.
Good thing, the government previously proceed to end the rift between President Duterte as well as the Catholic Church by asking a one-on-one dialog between the former Davao City Mayor and also Catholic Bishop’s Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) President Romulo Valles.
Watch the full documentary video below: