File of complaint against Fr. Emilio Garreaud

RELEASE

1. In September of last year, the Sodalitium authorities became aware of a complaint filed with the Provincial Ecclesiastical Court of Costa Rica against Fr. Emilio Garreaud Indacochea. The complainant would have been over 30 years old at the time of the alleged events, which according to his version would have occurred in 2008.

2. Due to the clerical status of the defendant and since the alleged acts reported would have been committed in the Archdiocese of San José, the Provincial Ecclesiastical Court of Costa Rica carried out the preliminary investigation. For this reason, the Sodalitium has not participated in the investigation process.

3. During the investigation process, the Ecclesiastical Court invited the complainant three times to ratify and expand on the details of his accusation. He did not appear for any of the summonses, without justifying or offering credible reasonable weighty arguments for not appearing. Nor has the investigation found any other evidentiary basis to support and lend credibility to the accusation filed.

4. During the process, the testimony of several people who gave an account of the moral integrity and coherence of life of F. Emilio Garreaud, as well as very positive references to his prudence in the treatment and care of the faithful, was also heard.

5. For all these reasons, on February 10th, 2020, the Archbishop of San José de Costa Rica, Msgr. José Rafael Quirós Quirós, dismissing the complaint, has decreed to file it due to lack of grounds to support it and has ordered that the measures to restore the good reputation of the priest, with which Fr. Emilio Garreaud does not currently have any restrictions in his ministry or in his apostolic work.

6. Fr. Emilio thanks all the people who have shown him their closeness, their solidarity and their prayers during this time, and asks that they continue to accompany him with their prayers.

Lima, March 5th, 2020
Communications Office
Sodalitium Christanae Vitae prensa@sodalitium.org