Tag: Chile

Chilean court says no verdict in survivors’ lawsuit against archdiocese

VATICAN CITY | Survivors of abuse in Chile believed they had won a major victory when they heard a Chilean court recognized that the Archdiocese of Santiago prevented a thorough investigation into sexual abuses committed by a former priest, Fernando Karadima. The lawsuit brought by survivors Juan Carlos Cruz, James Hamilton and Jose Andres Murillo… Read more »

Chilean court rules archdiocese liable in covering up Karadima sex abuse

VATICAN CITY | In a major victory for survivors of abuse in Chile, a court ruled that the Archdiocese of Santiago prevented a thorough investigation into sexual abuses committed by a former priest, Fernando Karadima. The lawsuit brought on by survivors Juan Carlos Cruz, James Hamilton and Jose Andres Murillo, was first dismissed five years… Read more »

Pope expels two Chilean bishops from priesthood

VATICAN CITY | In an unprecedented move, Pope Francis removed from the priesthood two Chilean bishops accused of sexual abuse. In a statement released Oct. 12, the Vatican said 84-year-old Francisco Jose Cox, the former archbishop of La Serena, and 53-year-old Marco Antonio Ordenes, the former bishop of Iquique, were dismissed from the clerical state… Read more »

Pope expels Karadima, notorious Chilean abuser, from priesthood

VATICAN CITY | Pope Francis expelled from the priesthood a Chilean who gained notoriety for sexually abusing young men in his parish. In a statement released Sept. 28, the Vatican said that Fernando Karadima was dismissed from the clerical state by the pope, who “made this exceptional decision in conscience and for the good of… Read more »

Two more Chilean bishops step down in wake of abuse crisis

VATICAN CITY | Pope Francis accepted the resignations of two more Chilean bishops, bringing to seven the number of bishops who have stepped down since June in response to the clerical sexual abuse scandal in their country. The Vatican announced Sept. 21 the resignations of 60-year-old Bishop Carlos Pellegrin Barrera of San Bartolome de Chillan… Read more »

Pope expels Chilean priest found guilty of sex abuse

VATICAN CITY | A priest who was once hailed as a champion of human rights in Chile was expelled from the priesthood by Pope Francis after being found guilty of sexual abuse. The Archdiocese of Santiago announced Sept. 15 that the pope dismissed Father Cristian Precht from the clerical state with “no possibility of appeal.”… Read more »

Pope accepts resignations of three Chilean bishops in wake of scandal

VATICAN CITY | After an in-depth Vatican-led investigation into clerical sexual abuse and cover-ups, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of 61-year-old Bishop Juan Barros of Osorno, Chile, and two other Chilean bishops June 11. The two other bishops, who had reached the customary retirement age of 75, were Archbishop Cristian Caro Cordero of Puerto Montt… Read more »

Vatican team investigating abuse cover-ups to return to Chile

VATICAN CITY | To promote healing after reports of sexual abuse and cover-ups, Pope Francis will send Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta and Father Jordi Bertomeu Farnos back to Chile. Both will visit the Diocese of Osorno “with the aim of advancing the process of reparation and healing of abuse victims,” the Vatican said in… Read more »

Abuse survivor says pope told him God loves him the way he is

VATICAN CITY | An abuse survivor, who had been disparaged for being a homosexual, said that Pope Francis told him that God made him that way and loved him for who he was. Juan Carlos Cruz — one of the three survivors from Chile who met with the pope April 27-30 at the Vatican —… Read more »

All of Chile’s bishops offer resignations after meeting pope on abuse

VATICAN CITY | Every bishop in Chile offered his resignation to Pope Francis after a three-day meeting at the Vatican to discuss the clerical sexual abuse scandal. “We want to announce that all bishops present in Rome, in writing, have placed our positions in the Holy Father’s hands so that he may freely decide regarding… Read more »