Rapists priests

SI Fr, Raul Cabonce ay ang parish priest ng Tubay, Agusan del Norte. Kamakailan, siya ay pinagbintangan na ginahasa niya ang 17-year old na si “Leah” nang ilang ulit.

Subalit ano ang ginawa ng mga pinuno ng simbahan? Inilipat ang pari sa Palasyo ng Obispo sa Butuan at doon natapos ang imbestigasyon.

Ngayon, malaya si Cabonce sa mga nag-akusa sa kanya ng rape. Malaya rin siyang nagmimisa sa mga simbahan sa malayong Butuan.

Napakarami nang paring naaakusahan ng panghahalay at panggagahasa laban sa kanilang mga nasasakupan at wala silang pinipili: ke lalaki man o babae ang biktima, bakla man o tomboy, biyuda man o may asawa, bata man o matanda.

Kadalasan, ang mga Obispo ang nagtatago sa mga paring nagkakasala dahil din siguro sa mismong ang mga Obispo ay accused din sa mga naturang kaso.

Ang mga salaysay na ito ay galing sa Internet: On 1 August 1990, Fr. Agustin Cuenca, OFM, a parish priest assigned  at  the  Our  Lady of  the Abandoned Church in Sta. Ana, Manila, was accused of sexually molesting two of his teenaged acolytes.

The complaint alleged that his accusers, 15 and 16 years old, were abused sexually for a period of two years starting in December 1988 until June 1990 by Cuenca.

In the city of Dagupan, north of Metro Manila, Fr. Macario Apuya, SVD of the Saint Therese Parish, was accused of two criminal charges, one charge of rape and one of child abuse as defined under R. A. No. 7610…

The case had historical significance since it was the very first time that a priest was being prosecuted for pedophilia in the Philippines.

Fr. Apolinario Mejorada was accused of sexually abusing altar boys in Cebu between 1995 and 1998.

“About a week later, Mejorada’s superiors admitted he was involved in some ‘trans-gression’ and paid P120,000  in settlement.”

Sinasabing si Fr. Mejorada  ngayon ay parochial vicar sa San Pedro, Laguna.

In 2006, Fr. Jose Belcina was charged with rape and child abuse but the rape charges were dropped for lack of evidence but the child abuse charge still stands.

Msgr. Achilles Dakay said of Belcina: I am not his custodian.”

As of 2008, Cebu Archbishop Ricardo Cardinal Vidal has restored Belcina’s pastoral duties.

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