Accusations that the Auxiliary Bishop of Ayaucho in Peru sexually abused minors are part of a setup, according to fellow priest Cardinal Jean Luis Cipriani, reports Vatican Insider.
Cardinal Cipriani,who is a member of Opus Dei, openly stated that he believed he was the target of this set-up given that the scandal exploded just as he was due to travel to Rome to attend an audience with Pope Francis.
Although the Auxiliary Bishop, Gabino Miranda Melgarejo, was not a direct member of the Opus Dei he received 'spiritual assistance' from an organisation closely linked to Opus Dei - the Priestly Society of the Holy Cross.
'Each of us needs to show strength in dealing with our weaknesses, recognising them and asking for forgiveness. We have nothing to hide but I don’t think banishing someone who hasn’t had the chance to defend himself, taking advantage of my visit to Rome and announcing things that have nothing to do with me is a very honest thing to do,' the Cardinal told Italian newspaper La Repubblica.
Lima’s Cardinal Cipriani assured the public that the Church would never hush things up but added that the accusations launched against Mgr Gabino Miranda who has been blamed of allegedly abusing minors are part of a set-up aimed at discrediting him in the eyes of the public.
Up until a short time ago, Bishop Gabino Miranda had been auxiliary to the President of the Peruvian Bishops’ Conference, Archbishop Salvador Piñeiro García-Calderón.