The Bishopric of the Diocese of the Canary Islands has authorized the priest to officiate a daily mass Fernando Baez Santana, investigated by a alleged crime of justification of sexist violence for blaming the disappearance of the girls from Tenerife on their mother after taking them away from their father, from whom she was separated.
Bishopric sources have informed Efe this Wednesday that, apart from the authorization since last weekend to officiate a daily mass in the City of San Juan de Dios in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, the canonical process initiated against him remains open , like the judicial one.
Regarding the latter, judicial sources have indicated to Efe that Fernando Báez has been summoned to testify this same day before the Court of Instruction number 1 of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
The Las Palmas Prosecutor’s Office agreed to denounce Father Báez for an alleged crime of justifying sexist violence before his statements in various media and on social networks about the mother of the girls who disappeared in Tenerife after taking them away from their father, from whom she was separated.
For the Prosecutor’s Office, the statements made by the priest last June may constitute a crime of discrimination provided for in article 510.2.b of the Penal Code, punishable by sentences of six months to two years in prison.
This crime is committed by whoever “praises or justifies by any means of public expression or dissemination the crimes that have been committed against a group, a part of it, or against a specific person by reason of belonging to that group for racist, anti-Semitic reasons. or others referring to the ideology, religion or beliefs, family situation, the belonging of its members to an ethnic group, race or nation, their national origin, their sex, orientation or sexual identity, for reasons of gender, illness or disability, or to whom have participated in its execution “.
The controversial priest from Gran Canaria attributed the behavior of Tomás Gimeno to the “infidelity” of the mother of the girls Anna and Olivia, statements that were disavowed and rejected by the Bishop of the Canary Islands, José Mazuelos, at first and, later, culminated in their dismissal.
Bishop Mazuelos keeps Báez away from his office as parish priest in Gran Canaria