More details are emerging about what church leaders at the Archdiocese of Miami knew about Miguel Cala and his expressed sexual desire for children before it gave him a job at a Catholic school working with children.
A priest also revealed how Cala was recruited to South Florida by a Miami priest who would later be accused of molesting children and then reassigned to yet another priest also accused of child abuse.
From 1996-2006, the Rev. Pedro Corces was the vocations director for the Archdiocese of Miami. His job was to recruit people into the priesthood and screen applicants. He is currently a pastor at St. Rose of Lima Church in Miami Shores.
What he said during his deposition with the attorney for the alleged victims of Cala, Jeff Herman, seems to suggest the Archdiocese violated its own internal policy when it came to information Cala said he shared with leaders while a seminarian.
In fact, Corces said it would have been the obligation of the person Cala claimed to have spoken to, to share that information with a team of people in order to protect children.
After leaving the seminary because leaders told him he needed counseling to deal with anxiety, church leaders offered him a job teaching music at St. Andrews in Coral Springs.
While a music teacher at the Catholic school, Cala is accused of molesting four boys during private lessons at their homes. He's admitted to touching children inappropriately to a Broward Sheriff's Office detective and to the father of one of the alleged victims.
Cala also said he confessed about being a pedophile to several priests before church leaders gave him the job at the school.
In a taped conversation at Broward County Jail with the father of one of the boys he's accused of molesting, he explained, "I confessed so many times to so many priests. I used to confess five times a day, a week."
He also said he confessed to the spiritual director at the seminary, who, Corces explained in his deposition, shares information received from students with the seminary formation team.
In the deposition, Herman asked: "The spiritual director is hearing confessions from the seminarians. And so he's learning things about the seminarians that may make them appropriate or inappropriate to continue in the priesthood?"
Corces: "Yes, as any confessor."
Herman: "Right. In this case, so that he's able to share his insights without disclosing confessions?"
Corces: "Without disclosing the content of confession, right."
Then Herman asked Corces, in general terms, what a spiritual director should do if he hears a student confessing to being a pedophile.
Herman: "If the spiritual director heard a confession that one of the seminarian students was having urges to have sex with children, is that something you would expect the spiritual director to give insight into the seminary formation team?"
Corces: "Yes, OK, as strong as he could without breaking the seal of confession."
Herman: "OK, that, would that go on then, too, if the spiritual director was aware that a seminarian student had urges to have sex with children and he expressed his insight without, you know, revealing the details of the confession, would you expect that also to -- to continue to give insight to make sure that that seminarian did not go on to work with children at a Catholic school?"
Corces: "We would do everything possible to avoid that."
Herman: "So that's a yes?"
Herman: "OK, so do you believe that if a seminarian was going to confession at the seminary, sometimes five times a day, because of urges to have sex with children that the -- the spiritual director would need to take some kind of action to protect children?"
Corces: "Yes, he would try to do everything possible."