Pope Benedict XVI’s first trip to Mexico is being overshadowed by a book alleging the Catholic Church hid evidence of sex abuse by one of Mexico’s most prominent Roman Catholics.
Called ‘The Will Not to Know’, the book details the investigation and alleged cover-up of sexual abuse by a former high-ranking reverend who founded a religious order.
One of its authors, Fernando Gonzalez, claimed the Pope was aware of abuse in Mexico’s Catholic church before 2000.
“Here in Mexico, he will not touch a single Mexican bishop or archbishop. The church has maintained a very low profile here. They are keeping quiet and sweeping the problem under the carpet,” said Gonzalez.
On Saturday, a large number of Catholics turned out to see the pontiff.
Crowds of supporters waited for him as he drove to the Peace Plaza in central Mexico’s Guanajuato.
Earlier he was presented with the keys to the city.
Speaking from the balcony of the Casa del Conde Rul, the Pope told a large gathering of children that they are a “gift of God to Mexico and the world.”
In a scene reminiscent of a rock concert, the crowds chanted “Benedicto” as confetti rained down on them.