The Spanish Catholic Church has launched an investigation into allegations of sexual abuse by clergy against 1,000 children.
According to Reuters, the Spanish daily El Pais reported that the Spanish Catholic Church has launched an investigation into allegations of sexual abuse of 251 children, including clergy, over an 80-year period.
The number of victims is at least 1,237, but could rise to thousands, with 31 religious orders and 31 of Spain’s 70 dioceses involved, El Pais said.
The oldest case dates back to 1942 and the most recent is 2018.
The investigation will be conducted by the Spanish Bishops’ Conference, led by Cardinal Juan Jose Omeya.
Elphais said it had been covering the matter for three years, and on the 2nd of last month, the papal entourage and reporters delivered a 385-page report to the Pope while they were on their way from Rome to Cyprus.
A Vatican spokesperson said in a statement that the Pope had received the material and has handed it over to the competent authorities for processing in accordance with canon law.
This means the Spanish Bishops’ Conference and the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Reuters reported.