101 of Mexico’s 152 church sex abuse cases being prosecuted

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The head of the Mexican bishops’ conference says 101 of the 157 cases in which Roman Catholic priests have been implicated in sex abuse have been turned over to prosecutors.

The bishops’ council previously said 152 priests had been removed from the ministry over the last nine years for sex abuse offenses against “youths or vulnerable adults.”

Archbishop Rogelio Cabrera said Tuesday that information on such cases has now been complied in 64 of the country’s 95 dioceses.

Cabrera said that “up to now we have not been able to estimate the total number. Let us hope it is not a plague.”

The church is considering setting up listening centers to detect new cases and to start psychological tests for aspiring priests.

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