Church Allegedly Acquits HIV-Infected Priest Of Raping 30 Minors

Priest Jose Garcia Ataulfo was absolved of all charges by the Archdiocese of Mexico for raping 30 indigenous girls of Mexico, reports Anonymous Mexico.



The Catholic Church has reportedly let a Mexican priest off the hook for raping 30 underage girls despite the fact that he knew he was infected with HIV.

According to the Mexican branch of the hacktivist group “Anonymous,” the priest Jose Garcia Ataulfo was exonerated of any wrongdoing by the Archdiocese of Mexico after he reportedly admitted to sexually abusing indigenous girls aged 5 to 10 years from Oaxaca in Mexico.

The priest is reportedly now walking free and has not been charged with any criminal offenses, probably due to the strong influence of the Catholic Church in Mexico. Only two of the alleged victims have come out to denounce his acquittal, if Mexican Anonymous is to be believed.

Also, according to the site, one victim’s mother asked to discuss the matter with Pope Francis, however she was rebuffed and the letter she received from the Vatican said it considered the case closed.

The church in Mexico has also denied the claim and called it “irresponsible and malicious” and even refuted the existence of the priest.

Whether the priest exists remains a mystery, however, it cannot be denied that in the past the Catholic Church has been accused of failing to address these allegations properly.

In 2009, two major repots of pedophilia in Ireland revealed the details of abuse, cover ups and hierarchical failings involving thousands of sexual abuse victims stretching back decades. In fact, in one report, four Dublin archbishops turned a blind eye to the cases from 1975 to 2004.

In the United States, the Boston Archdiocese was rocked after two of its priests Paul Shanley and John Geoghan were accused of child rape and sentenced to jail. The scandal led to the resignation of Cardinal Bernard law in 2002.

In Mexico, Marcial Maciel, the founder of the order of the Legion of Christ was disciplined by the Vatican in 2006 after it was revealed he had abused boys for over three decades. The order insisted Marciel was an isolated case but seven more priests of the Legion have also been investigated.

Pope Francis’ election in 2013 has offered new hope to victims. The church has said it would remove bishops who tried to cover up sexual assaults committed by priests and in June, the Pope doubled down on his intention to remove pedophile clerics from their position.

Banner and thumbnail credit: Reuters, Susana Vera

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