The Jesuit priest Pablo Walker referred to the allegations Of the theologian Marcela Aranda against the late former chaplain of the Hogar de Cristo, Renato Poblete, who, in his view, are more serious than the accusations against Fernando Karadima.
In an interview with the third, Walker said he has no reason to doubt the story of Aranda, who said he had been subjected to collective violations under the gaze of Poblete, and also forced her to abort three times. «It seems to Me that the facts described by Marcela Aranda are actually more serious than those of Karadima. They’re sinister facts, hard to name. I observe it with stupefaction and I think that it is possible to deal with this responsibly. It’s not enough emotion. It is required to say, ‘ who led these collective abuses? Who was there? Who knew about these abortion situations? Who knew of a relationship in which a young girl is subjected to sexual slavery? ‘ «said the priest.
As to how the complaint against Poblete has affected him, Walker said that «we all have moved the floor, but the center is not our grief, but how we make an honest effort to reconnect with people who have suffered abuse.»
And he added that «I’m not talking about a mea culpa alone, but about reviewing our attitudes, our habits, our ways of relationship. We have become aware that we have made mistakes. »
Consulted by the cases of abuses that were reported and nothing was done, Walker ruled out that he was part of «a social agreement of concealment neither explicit nor implicit.»
In the same line, the religious stressed the importance of establishing protocols for these accusations to be addressed by the company of Jesus, who has been criticized for not reflecting on these abuses.
«We require an external look that reflects the modes of relationship we established with children, adults or the same Jesuits. Because they did not guarantee standards of care or haste to denounce, «he said.
One of the conduits to solve these «modes of relationship» according to Walker would be a review of some «things that came a little imposed from canon law and that urges to remedy.»
«It is not possible for canon law to order a bishop or religious superior to be a pastor and judge at the same time (…) It gives a lot of power, but also does not give guarantee to people who attended seeking help. There’s a mistake. And we need to rethink how it is done to ensure fairness and credibility, «he said.