- Battle lines drawn
This week produced the clearest evidence yet that the Synod Fathers are sharply divided between those who are supporting Pope Francis in his efforts to present a more pastoral vision of the Church and those determined first and foremost to emphasise its moral teaching
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A diocese in Paraguay is to receive an apostolic visitation as part of an investigation into the activities of a priest accused of sex abuse. Fr Carlos Urrutigoity is accused of abusing boys when he worked as a priest in Scranton, Pennsylvania, over a decade ago. Fr Urrutigoity is Argentinian, and is now vicar-general at the Diocese of Ciudad del Este in Paraguay.
Earlier this year a statement from the Diocese of Scranton said that Bishop Rogelio Livieres Plano had been warned that the priest posed “a serious threat to young people” and cautioned him “to not allow Fr Urrutigoity to incardinate into his diocese”.
A statement published this week by the Diocese of Ciudad del Este welcomed the news that Cardinal Santo Abril y Castelló and Bishop Milton Tróccoli would visit. “This fulfils the great desire of our bishop who has always sought such a visit so that our pastoral achievements can be witnessed,” said the statement, which made no mention of the investigation into Fr Urrutigoity.