Following the guidelines from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, as contained in the circular letter of 3 May 2011, the communiqué issued at the end of the First Plenary Meeting of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (Abuja, 10-16 March 2019), states as follows
"As part of our duty of governance as Shepherds of the flock of Christ, we commit ourselves anew to ensuring that minors and vulnerable adults are safe from sexual abuse and offenders are duly prosecuted and given appropriate sanction".
In order therefore to have some clear and coordinated procedures for handling cases of sexual abuse of minors, the Personal Prelature of the Holy Cross and Opus Dei in Nigeria, has adopted some measures to ensure the protection of children and young people.
These procedures [download document here] will apply to people who at the time of the allegation are faithful of the Prelature (priests, deacons and lay people). If the accused work in an educational institution where spiritual care is provided by the Prelature, it should be noted that such institutions have their own procedures for dealing with such matters.
The allegations should be made to the Coordinator for the Protection of Minors, who can be contacted through this email: [email protected] The coordinator will contact the person and on receiving the allegation, will inform the Regional Vicar of Opus Dei. Upon the advice of a committee of legal and medical experts, the latter could decide to proceed with the case, and would thus decree the start of a Canonical process.
In order to initiate a judiciary process, the person or his legal representatives should channel the allegation to the competent civil authorities. If the law indicates that the accusations are to be brought to the attention of the civil authorities, the Regional Vicar will do so.