Spain Child Protection Law
Title: Secularist group in Spain urges anti-Catholic language be added to child protection law
Author: Inés San Martín
ROSARIO, Argentina – A Spanish association that advocates for a secular Europe is calling for proposed legislation on the protection of children to specifically target the Catholic Church, claiming that it has “for years protected” child abuse.
“The Catholic Church is an institution that has protected for years in its internal regulations the so-called pontifical secret in cases of child abuse and the sexual abuse of minors,” says the campaign of Europa Laica.
They argue this is “a moral debt that the Catholic Church, and the public authorities that affirmed it, have to the thousands of children who have been humiliated for years.”
The bill – called the Protection of Children and Adolescents against Violence – “cannot bury with silence … or with a regulation that does not prevent the repetition” of the suffering of the victims of clerical sexual abuse.
Europa Laica released its statement on Tuesday, urging parliamentary groups to take advantage of the bill to “introduce amendments so that the law specifically contemplates the obligations of religious confessions, and especially the Catholic Church, for the prevention of child abuse and the sexual abuse of minors that has been so widespread in religious institutions.”
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