The Archdiocese of Los Angeles bans the singing of hymns by a priest accused of pedophilia

Monument to the Holy Cross , in the Church of the Placita Olvera in Los Angeles California. Ecclesiastical authorities prohibited singing at masses or in any religious act, the songs of the late priest Cesáreo Garabáin, accused of sexual abuse. Photo Maria T. Morales
Monument to the Holy Cross , in the Church of the Placita Olvera in Los Angeles California. Ecclesiastical authorities prohibited singing at masses or in any religious act, the songs of the late priest Cesáreo Garabáin, accused of sexual abuse. Photo Maria T. Morales
By Maria T. Morales

U.S – The Archdiocese of Los Angeles, state of California, today joined other churches that have already banned the singing of hymns by the late priest Cesáreo Garabáin, accused of sexual abuse to the detriment of at least, 17 young boys.

The writer and composer of more than 500 catholic hymns, died in 1991, never faced justice for child abuse, occurred in a Marist college in Madrid and Gipuzkoa as revealed by victims and witnesses to the newspaper El País, from Spain, last august.

The decision of the ecclesiastical authorities of Los Angeles, is recorded after Oregon Catholic Press (OCP), the organization that manages the copyrights of the songs, you have decided to remove from your website, information about the priest.

According to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, the Marist congregation received "credible accusations of child abuse".

 It adds that the "archdiocese opposes any sexual misconduct and is committed to offering support to surviving victims of abuse.".

Garabáin is one of the most famous writers and composers of liturgical music, between these "Together as brothers" and "You have come to the Shore".