Mexican bishops back repeal of statute of limitations for sexual abuse cases

Mexico City, Mexico, Feb 22, 2020 / 10:00 am (CNA).- The Church in Mexico has expressed its support for several bills to eliminate the statute of limitations for the sexual abuse of minors, which stands now at ten years. The bills were introduced in the country’s Federal Congress and would only apply to future, not past cases. 

The Mexican bishops do not anticipate that reported abuse cases will be comparable in number to those seen by the Church in the United States, and the Church in Mexico has not seen lawsuits filed on a comparable level.

Speaking to ACI Prensa, CNA’s Spanish language news partner, Bishop Alfonso Miranda Guardiola, secretary general of the Mexican bishops’ conference, said the country’s bishops support lawmakers’ efforts to eliminate the statute of limitations for the sexual abuse of minors and have been “respectfully proposing to members of the House and Senate to introduce this kind of proposal.”

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Dabbling in poetry, inspired by the greats

Recently as a homeschool project, our family created a Famous Artists Jar. We pick a new famous artist each week, from our pool of Visual Artists, Musicians, Poets, and Writers.  The kids take turns and love discovering someone new, foreign, or familiar each week in greater depth.  We take to the local library each week to peruse, discover, and ingest further our learnings and our research. We check out many books which may help us to better understand the artist under intense scrutiny. :).  (haha). 😆Inspired by my own children’s curiosity, I took to writing some poems, inspired by some of the greats. Although short and heavily inspired by outside source material, I have attempted to express my thoughts and espouse my opinions with as much care as I have had time to give each piece of writing.  And so without further ado, here are some poems I wrote over the past few weeks.

Time(inspired by Robert Frost)My time is fleeting here on earthThis moment masked by this amount of mirthThe hours on the clock fly byAnd what is left but time to sighWorry chokes my infinite breathsStopping time to pause before deathTo plan four months until, anewMy body to a baby’s birth given toThis era of life marked by my girthRound like a clockface, dust unto dirtI leave behind a legacy beyond timeFamily inheritance, my aspect, our lineFood and Cowardice(inspired by Basho)Try to swallow gourmet drinkdigest and chew meatMarinate,  but do not chokeCreativity(inspired by Shakespeare)Study, labor, vigor, vigorousVirtue lends itself to focusPassion comes from attentionInventiveness the result,Study the causeIf to effect, effective affectWanting one effectThe cause be loveA bird passes the moon,Over a mountain passA beautiful thing arousesNo abuse of forsworn intentof suspicion or wrong doingAn abject sprig of caution,To play with – and likethe bird in flight in night-to seek freedom,disdain attention, flattery

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L’Arche reports sexual misconduct by founder Jean Vanier

An independent investigation commissioned by L’Arche International has detailed sexual misconduct by founder Jean Vanier, the Canadian Catholic theologian and humanitarian renowned for bringing people with and without developmental disabilities together.

The investigation found that Vanier had abused six women in the context of spiritual direction. None of the women had disabilities.

“We are shocked by these discoveries and unreservedly condemn these actions, which are in total contradiction with the values Jean Vanier claimed and are incompatible with the basic rules of respect and integrity of persons, and contrary to the fundamental principles on which L’Arche is based,” the leaders of L’Arche International, Stephan Posner and Stacy Cates-Carney, wrote in a letter to L’Arche federation Feb. 22.

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