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Archbishop orders media blackout
Monsignor under scrutiny over abuse and ivory smuggling
- ucanews.com reporter, Manila
- October 4, 2012
Archbishop Jose Palma of Cebu has issued an instruction that no statement should be made.
Msgr. Garcia, former head of the Archdiocesan Commission on Worship, was suspended and stripped of all his positions in the archdiocese in JuneÂ by order of the Vatican, as it investigates allegations that he molested altar boys more than 20 years ago in the United States.
There was further trouble for Msgr. Garcia when he commented on the illegal ivory trade in the Philippines, in an article that appeared in the October issue of National GeographicÂ magazine.
The article led to a government investigation and an examination of Msgr. Garciaâ€™s ivory collection, which includes crucifixes and Jesus figurines.
Retired Archbishop Ricardo Cardinal Vidal said he received a copy of Archbishop Palma's letter last Friday and will abide by the directive.
Investigation to look into ivory trade