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Al Jazeera investigation reveals truth about the Philippine Catholic Church

A recent report done by popular media organization, Al Jazeera, revealed a growing problem of sexual misconduct of clergymen and priests in the Philippines.
About 80 percent of the 100 million Filipinos are Catholics / Photo credit to Reuters

In their report, it was found out that numerous priests have been caught in act of pedophilia and homosexuality, but they are not prosecuted.

A retired archbishop named Oscar Cruz contributed to the report and investigation done by Al Jazeera. He said that these priests have committed serious crimes and not been brought to justice.

"Yes, yes, yes... [there are] more reports on paedophilia and homosexuality," Cruz said.

"It is a heinous crime, you know. And a priest at that? Violating a minor? Come on!" he added.

Over 80% of the population in the Philippines is Catholic, thus it is considered as one of the most powerful institutions in the country.
Photo credit: Asian Correspondent

"If clerical abuse victims take on the most powerful institution in the Philippines, it is a David and Goliath battle," 101 East's Drew Ambrose, reporting from the capital Manila, said.

The media outlet also interviewed victims of abuse by the priests. There is one in particular who was sexually assaulted by a priests when she was just 15 years old. She shared that when she filed a report to the police, two people from her church bribed her with around P7500 to drop the case.

The girl named “Imelda” said that she did not want it but those who offered her the money were very insistent.

"At first, I didn’t really want to accept the money because I already knew it was from a priest, but they were so insistent that I take the money," she said.

A lawyer named Jaime Achacoso said that although some of these abuses are known, they weren’t removed from their post or from the ministry.

"Oh yes, they weren’t, unfortunately. And the inadequate investigations in the past have festered, so things have not been solved," he told Al Jazeera. 

"Priests continue to be there,” he added.
Photo credit: Manila Times

What is known is that children as young as six years old have already experienced this horrendous situation yet they do not speak out because they fear that God will curse them.

The Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte also shared his experience. He and his classmates were allegedly molested by an American priest when he was attending a Jesuit school in Davao City.

Duterte echoed other victim’s opinions, saying that during that time he did not speak out about it because of fear.

"This religion is not so sacred," he was quoted as saying.

Watch the video below:

Source:  Al Jazeera