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Vatican court finds three El Salvador priests guilty of child abuse

Mgr Jesus Delgado, right (AP)

El Salvador’s Catholic Church has separated three men from the priesthood after a Vatican court found them guilty of sexually abusing children.

One is Mgr Jesus Delgado, one of the country’s best-known priests and a former top official in the San Salvador archdiocese.

Mgr Delgado served as a private secretary to assassinated Archbishop Oscar Romero and wrote his biography.

Archbishop Romero was killed in 1980 by a gunman linked to the military government of the time.

The Archbishop of San Salvador identified the other two as Fr Francisco Galvez and Fr Antonio Molina.

Mgr Delgado may not face charges from El Salvador’s criminal justice system because the crimes took place so long ago. The abuse began when the girl was 9. She is now 43 and the statute of limitations on the crime has run out.