Vatican to send Archbishop Scicluna to Mexico to investigate abuse

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Archbishop Charles Scicluna together with Monsignor Jordi Bertomeu will be sent to Mexico this month to meet with sex abuse victims and to strengthen the Mexican bishops’ fight against sexual abuse.

Archbishop Scicluna and Mgr. Bertomeu will travel to Mexico between 20 and 27 March. The team had previously investigated the Church in Chile’s response to sex abuse allegations in 2018, which eventually led every Chilean bishop to submit their resignations to Pope Francis.

Mgr. Scicluna and Mgr. Bertomeu are scheduled to meet with all of the country’s bishops in Casa Lago outside of Mexico City. They will also meet with the superiors of religious orders in Mexico on 23 March.

They will also be available to meet with the sex abuse victims or “anyone who would like to share their experience” during the remaining days at the Mexico City nunciature.

In a statement, the Mexican bishops conference thanked Prefect Cardinal Luis Ladaria Ferrer on his decision to send Archbishop Scicluna to Mexico.

The Director of the Press Office of the Holy See, Matteo Bruni, explained that the mission will be a technical consultancy service, and will provide fraternal help, as well as an opportunity for dialogue that will help the Church in Mexico to confirm itself in the steps already taken in the right direction in its response to the clergy sex abuse cases.

A few days ago the Vatican established a new task force called to assist the bishops of the world engaged in drafting guidelines to combat abuse. Pope Francis launched a task force to help Bishops’ Conferences prepare and update child protection guidelines. Archbishop Charles Scicluna will form part of the supervising committee and Andrew Azzopardi will be a coordinator of the task force

The intention to form the task force had already been announced by the Pope during last year’s meeting on the Protection of Minors in the Church.

Archbishop Scicluna was named by Pope Francis to oversee the team in the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith charged with handling appeals filed by clergy accused of abuse.