The catholic church in Colombia’s third city Cali has come under fire after questioning the morality of the family of four children who had been sexually abused by a priest.
mother, the grandparents and an uncle of the children who were abused
by a priest in one of the poor areas of Cail, had taken the church to
court to seek reparation for the multiple incidents of rape of the
In the court case, defense attorney Walther Collazos
asked the judge on behalf of the Catholic Church to “look whether the
participation of the so-called indirect victims (parents, grandparents
and uncle) was the most coherent with common sense.”
victims’ family’s shock, the attorney went on asking whether the family
“acted with due preventive care” or “was lax, permissive, ommissive,
neglective and disinterested and are now turning to a judge to take
advantage of a hurtful act of a third party and act as indirect
The priest is serving a 33-year prison sentence.
church refuses to compensate for the sex crimes of one of its clergies
as “manifested damage and the quantification thereof have not been
The defense appeal was taken with such indignation that
the Archbishop of Cali, Monseignor Dario de Jesus Monsalve, write in the
local “El Pais” newspaper to ask forgiveness about the statements made
The top clergy confirmed that the only one carrying the responsibility of sex abuse is the abuser.