A NUMBER of suspected paedophiles are under investigation after an alleged victim wrote to Pope Francis about sexual abuse he suffered as a child.
Charges are being filed against 12 people, 10 of them priests, prompting the Bishop of Granada to immediately remove some of them from active duty.
Pope Francis called the supposed victim, now a teacher, and encouraged him to file civil charges but also apologised on behalf of the Church for the abuse he suffered.
Granada’s Deputy Minister, Santiago Perez, said: “The investigation process has now been begun and everything is under a gag order, but I would not say that there is a paedophile network.
“Simply there are behaviours that are being investigated and from there we will have results very soon.”
A papal commission for the protection of minors has been set up by the Pope since his election in 2013 in the hopes to tackle clerical sex abuse and reform the way it is handled.
The Argentinian pontiff is committed to a zero tolerance policy regarding such crimes.