Thursday, June 5, 2014

Bishop Carlos Cabrero Jesus Romero: Holy See Finds Priest Eduardo Córdova Mendoza Guilty of Sexual Abuse

The Vatican has found Mexican priest Eduardo Mendoza Cordova guilty of sexual abuse of minor. Mendoza will officially be retired from the Catholic priesthood, a decree which will be broadcast in the coming hours to the Archdiocese of San Luis Potosí. According to Vatican sources, after reviewing the testimony and evidence, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith cleric ordered a "dismissal from the clerical state," a punishment reserved for the most severe cases.

It will now be up to Bishop Carlos Cabrero Jesus Romero to communicate with the sentence to Mendoza and make it known publicly. For this to happen, the Vatican will not need to physically locate the defendant, who is currently on the run. According to canon law, which governs all ecclesiastical processes, the Holy See need only to look for Cordova Mendoza in his latest reported residence. If he does not appear, the sanction shall be deemed notified and automatically come into force. He also has 60 days to appeal or file an appeal with the Vatican courts.


Latin Times

By Oscar Lopez | Jun 04 2014

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