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Garcia-Rubio has been accused of molesting numerous immigrant boys. He is believed to have fled the US and is living in Central America.
At a news conference in August, outside the archdiocesan chancery office, SNAP released correspondence showing that church officials knew of Garcia-Rubio's sexual misconduct as far back as the 1960s. In one letter, marked "confidential," the Vatican's apostolic delegate to the US informs Miami's archbishop that Garcia-Rubio "was forced to leave Cuba because of serious difficulties of a moral nature (homosexuality)." (A Catholic priest who is an expert on church documents has testified that "homosexuality" was often used in the church hierarchy as a euphemism for child sexual abuse.)
In another letter, Miami's archbishop assures a Vatican official that he will "do what I can in every way to protect him (Garcia-Rubio)."
At that August news conference, SNAP also hand-delivered a letter asking Miami church officials to use pulpit announcements, church bulletins, the archdiocesan newspaper and web site to aggressively reach out to anyone who experienced or witnesses Garcia-Rubio's crimes, so that he might be prosecuted and so that his victims might get help. However, no one from the archdiocese has responded to SNAP's letter.
The case against Garcia-Rubio was initially filed in 2002. The victim is identified by a pseudonym.
David Clohessy (St. Louis) SNAP national director 314 566 9790
Attorney Russell Adler (Ft. Lauderdale) of Rothstein, Rosenfeldt, and Adler 954 315 7202, 954 801 8100 cell
Attorney Pat Noaker (St. Paul) 651 227 9990, 612 961 1307 cell
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