In an article in the newspaper El País in Spain, serious complaints were made against the priest Cesáreo Gabaráin, who composed the best-known songs of Catholic Masses: four former students from Madrid’s Colegio Marista de Chamberí accused him of having sexually abused them.

The Congregation of the Marists in Spain confirmed having received credible allegations of child abuse against the most important contemporary Catholic composer in the Spanish language, who died in 1991, according to ACI Prensa, the Catholic news agency.

Gabaráin composed more than 500 Catholic songs that are among the most popular and sung in Sunday Masses in the Spanish-speaking world, among them Juntos como brothers ”,“ They come with joy ”,“ La espiga ”(which is a very high theme that It was sung at the time of Communion) and “You have come to the shore”, also known as “Fisher of men”.

One of the victims, Eduardo Mendoza placeholder image, 57, said that he reported the priest to his guardian in 1978, which would have led to the expulsion of Gabaráin from the study center.

Another of Gabaráin’s minors, Cesar Aguilera, spoke about what happened with his father, who reported the case to the brother Aquileo Manciles, now deceased, who would have admitted that the abuses occurred.

Cesareo’s abuses took place in a retreat house that the Marists had in Los Molinos, in the mountains of Madrid. According to the complaint, he got into the boys’ rooms when they all went to sleep.

Two months after the complaint, Cesáreo was appointed Honorary Prelate of Juan Pablo II, a distinction that the Pope only reserves for the most worthy and outstanding priests. Is that Karol Wojtila was a fan of the song “Fisher of men” one of Cesáreo’s hits. Someone could say that the Pope did not know about Cesáreo Gabaráin’s abuses. But no one can deny that there were many who knew what was happening and hid it.

Although the Spanish priest died in 1991 at the age of 55, the case will be investigated again by the Marist Fathers and by the authorities of the Archdiocese of Madrid.

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