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PRIEST ESCALATES PUBLIC SERVICE (2): SEEKS RESTAURANT JOB WHILE ADVOCATING FOR INCARCERATION OF JOURNALIST OVER EXPOSÉ OF HIS GAY SEX LIFE

Actualizado: 9 mar


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IN THIS BLOG ENTRY:
1. FROM PULPIT TO KITCHEN. A PRIEST'S UNCOMMON PATH AMID LEGAL TURMOIL: HE SEEKS RESTAURANT JOB WHILE ADVOCATING FOR INCARCERATION OVER EXPOSÉ
2. DIOCESE SCANDAL SCALATES AS CLERGY FACES UNPRECEDENTED LEGAL AND MORAL QUESTIONS

1. FROM PULPIT TO KITCHEN. AN UNCOMMON PATH AMID LEGAL TURMOIL: PRIEST SEEKS RESTAURANT JOB WHILE ADVOCATING FOR INCARCERATION OVER EXPOSÉ

In a striking revelation from the "Ruiz-Martorell Report," we uncover the dual life of Reverend Vicente Jesús López-Brea Urbán. Not only did he manage over 15 parishes in the Jaca region, Spain, advocate for church property rights and lobby-in money for restauration, and pursue law studies, but he also prepared for a public restaurant assistant examination with Aragón's Health Service, his home region in Spain. This detail comes to light as López-Brea faces public scrutiny.

While battling allegations made by journalist Jordi Picazo, López-Brea cited depression and significant stress, treated medically, as impacts of the media coverage. However, he neglected to disclose to medical experts his alcohol dependency and engagement in sexually promiscuous activities at swingers clubs. These revelations, highlighted by Picazo, raise concerns due to López-Brea's influential role in children's catechism, assigned by Bishop Julián Ruiz-Martorell, the prelate delegate for Catechesis of the Spanish Episcopal Conference.

Complete lists and details can be found in the public admissions documents below.


2. DIOCESE SCANDAL SCALATES AS CLERGY FACES UNPRECEDENTED LEGAL AND MORAL QUESTIONS

The unfolding scandal within the Diocese of Huesca-Jaca has led to significant ecclesiastical and legal repercussions, including the reassignment of Monsignor Julián Ruiz-Martorell to Guadalajara. The move distances him from legal proceedings where he might have been called as a witness against Picazo, who challenges Ruiz-Martorell's decisions and López-Brea's controversial ordination.

Amidst this, the Spanish Catholic Church has reassigned monsignor Fernando Arregui to the Vatican, away from potential courtroom appearances. Arregui, the former rector of the Zaragoza seminary and another key figure suggested by Picazo as a witness, had previously warned Ruiz-Martorell against López-Brea's ordination.

The legal battle intensifies as the instruction judge in Jaca, accused of favoring harmful clericalism and her own controversial and opinionated interpretations of Canon Law, seems to challenge the normative boundaries regarding active homosexuality among priests. Yet, the prosecution supports Picazo, finding no criminality in his journalistic endeavors. A subsequent report will provide more details.

Meanwhile, the once-renowned law firm Cremades & Calvo Sotelo seeks significant financial damages and prison time for Picazo in a case heavily underscored by financial interests.


Public Admission Lists Reveal Uncommon Professional Endeavors for Clergy Member López-Brea


The final admission list above for the Aragón Health Service's restaurant assistant examination prominently features López-Brea's name, highlighting an unusual career path for someone of his ecclesiastical standing. Despite not securing a position as a kitchen assistant, López-Brea's professional engagements extend beyond his clerical duties, as evidenced by his LinkedIn profile, which describes administrative roles both within the regional health service and the Huesca-Jaca Diocese.

The intricacies and implications of these developments continue to unfold, as the community and the church grapple with the legal, ethical, and spiritual dimensions of this case.


Please, refer to the article in Spanish for access to the whole wealth of links to other publications and documents. To be continued with the transcript of the discussions with the journalist revealing his departure from priesthood, a fact not publicly disclosed by the Huesca-Jaca Diocese.


Jacques Pintor, journalist © 2024 JACQUES PINTOR. Any reference to this article must directly mention this blog entry and the author, Yanelis Tovar. FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, DATA, OR CORRECTIONS, please contact jacquespintor@gmail.com.

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