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Montserrat monastery sets up committee for possible abuse cases

Initiative comes after complaint about alleged offense involving a monk two decades ago

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24 January 2019 02:41 PM

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ACN | Barcelona

The monastery of Montserrat has set up an independent committee to review possible cases of sexual abuse against minors.

The body - made up of a lawyer, a doctor, a therapist and a monk - will manage an email address where anyone can speak up or raise suspicion about attacks against children at the iconic site.

This comes a few days after Miguel Hurtado said he was abused by a Montserrat monk as a child in 1990s when he was part of the monastery scouts.  

Monastery "covered up" incident

Talking to the press on Monday, Hurtado said that the institution had "covered up" the events and they only paid him 8,600 euros for therapy costs when he confronted the monastery about the events in 1998 at the age of 17.

  • "They are more interested in the reputation of the institution than in protecting minors"

    Miguel Hurtado · Former scout at Montserrat monastery

While the institution reacted to the news saying that they had launched an internal investigation in 1998, Hurtado said this is a "lie."

"They are more interested in the reputation of the institution than in protecting minors," he said.

Yet the religious site atop the tourist mountain site said in a statement that there were "several phone calls between the monastery and the family" of Hurtado over the years to learn about his progression.

The monk accused is Andreu Soler, in charge of the scouting movement in Montserrat for 40 years and who died in 2008.

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  • Image of Montserrat mountain with the monastery (by ACN)

  • Image of Montserrat mountain with the monastery (by ACN)

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