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Pope Francis admits ‘grave mistakes’ in Chile sex abuse scandal

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis admitted Wednesday he had made “grave mistakes” in his handling of a sexual abuse scandal in Chile as he looks to quell the latest controversy to rock the Roman Catholic Church. In a letter to 32 Chilean bishops released by the Vatican, Francis said he intended to summon them to Rome [...] The post Pope Francis admits ‘grave mistakes’ in Chile sex abuse scandal appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource: manilatimes manilatimesApr 12th, 2018

Pope s envoys in Chile to ask forgiveness over sex abuse

SANTIAGO, Chile – The Vatican's top abuse investigator arrived in Chile on Tuesday, June 12, a day after Pope Francis accepted the resignation of 3 bishops from the scandal-wracked Chilean Church. Maltese archbishop Charles Scicluna and fellow papal envoy Jordi Bertomeu will take witness statements from victims of sexual abuse within the Church ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 13th, 2018

Pope begins purge in Chilean church over sex abuse scandal

Pope Francis accepted the resignations yesterday of the bishop at the center of Chile's clerical sex abuse scandal and two other priests, launching a purge of the Catholic Church in a country where it had been damaged by an avalanche of abuse and cover-up accusations......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 11th, 2018

14 priests linked to Chile sex abuse stripped of duties

SANTIAGO, Chile – Fourteen priests involved in a sex abuse scandal in Chile – which has rocked Pope Francis's papacy – were defrocked on Tuesday, May 22. "Fourteen priests no longer are allowed to carry out their duties... These priests have taken part in actions that may be civilian crimes ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 23rd, 2018

14 priests linked to Chile sex abuse stripped of duties

SANTIAGO: Fourteen priests involved in a sex abuse scandal in Chile — which has rocked Pope Francis’s papacy — were defrocked on Tuesday. “Fourteen priests no longer are allowed to carry out their duties… These priests have taken part in actions that may be civilian crimes as well as within the church,” the bishop’s office… link: 14 priests linked to Chile sex abuse stripped of duties.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsMay 23rd, 2018

14 priests linked to Chile sex abuse stripped of duties

SANTIAGO: Fourteen priests involved in a sex abuse scandal in Chile — which has rocked Pope Francis’s papacy — were defrocked on Tuesday. “Fourteen priests no longer are allowed to carry out their duties… These priests have taken part in actions that may be civilian crimes as well as within the church,” the bishop’s office [...] The post 14 priests linked to Chile sex abuse stripped of duties appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsMay 23rd, 2018

LGBT community cheers pope’s ‘God made you like this’ remark

VATICAN CITY --- Pope Francis' reported comments to a gay man that "God made you like this" have been embraced by the LGBT community as another sign of Francis' desire to make gays feel welcomed and loved in the Catholic Church. Juan Carlos Cruz said Monday he spoke to Francis about his homosexuality during their meetings at the Vatican. Cruz was the main whistleblower in Chile's clerical sex abuse and cover-up scandal, and met last month with Francis to discuss it. Cruz, a victim of a predator priest, said he had been discredited by Chile's bishops for being gay and told Francis of the pain their slander caused. "He said 'Look Juan Carlos, the pope loves you this way, God made you...Keep on reading: LGBT community cheers pope’s ‘God made you like this’ remark.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 21st, 2018

All Chilean bishops quit over child abuse scandal – spokesman

VATICAN CITY, Holy See – Thirty-four Chilean bishops announced their resignation Friday, May 18, over a child sex abuse scandal within the Catholic Church in Chile after 3 days of intense meetings with Pope Francis at the Vatican. "We, all the bishops present in Rome, have tendered our resignation to the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 18th, 2018

Pope vows change in Chile church after pedophile scandal

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis on Thursday, May 17, promised "changes" to the Chilean church to "restore justice" following a child abuse scandal that has come to haunt his papacy. However in a short letter addressed to 34 Chilean bishops , whom the Argentinian pontiff met in groups from Tuesday, May ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 18th, 2018

Pope shocks Chile by accusing sex abuse victims of slander

Pope Francis accused victims of Chile's most notorious pedophile of slander Thursday, an astonishing end to a visit meant to help heal the wounds of a sex abuse scandal that has cost the Catholic Church its credibility in the country......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 14th, 2018

Pope shocks Chile by accusing sex abuse victims of slander

    SANTIAGO, Chile --- Pope Francis accused victims of Chile's most notorious pedophile of slander Thursday, an astonishing end to a visit meant to help heal the wounds of a sex abuse scandal that has cost the Catholic Church its credibility in the country.   Francis said that until he sees proof that Bishop Juan Barros was complicit in covering up the sex crimes of the Rev. Fernando Karadima, such accusations against Barros are "all calumny."   The pope's remarks drew shock from Chileans and immediate rebuke from victims and their advocates. They noted the accusers were deemed credible enough by the Vatican that it sentenced Karadima to a lifet...Keep on reading: Pope shocks Chile by accusing sex abuse victims of slander.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 19th, 2018

Pope in Chile expresses pain and shame over abuse scandal

SANTIAGO, Chile – Pope Francis on Tuesday, January 16, expressed his "pain" and "shame" over child sexual abuse scandals that have rocked the church in Chile, as he made his first speech during a visit to the South American country. "I cannot begin to express the pain and shame that I ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 16th, 2018

Pope Francis under pressure to confront sex abuse in Chile

SANTIAGO, Chile — Pope Francis will be under pressure Tuesday to confront a priest sex abuse scandal during his first full day in Chile, an Andean nation whe.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 16th, 2018

Pope defrocks 2 Chilean bishops accused of sex abuse

VATICAN CITY --- Pope Francis on Saturday defrocked two more Chilean bishops accused of sexually abusing minors, and to show greater transparency about how he's responding to the church's global sex abuse crisis, he publicly explained why they were removed. The Vatican's unusually detailed statement announcing the laicization of retired Archbishop Francisco Jose Cox Huneeus and retired Bishop Marco Antonio Ordenes Fernandez signaled a new degree of transparency following past missteps by Francis that showed he had grossly underestimated the gravity of the abuse scandal. The statement said the two were defrocked for abusing minors with evidence so overwhelming that a canonical t...Keep on reading: Pope defrocks 2 Chilean bishops accused of sex abuse.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 14th, 2018

Pope defrocks two Chilean bishops for sex abuse of minors

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis has defrocked two Chilean bishops for the alleged sexual abuse of minors, the Vatican said in a statement on Saturday after a meeting between the pontiff and the president of Chile. The decision to expel former archbishop Francisco Jose Cox Huneeus and former bishop Marco Antonio Ordenes Fernandez—the latest heads to… link: Pope defrocks two Chilean bishops for sex abuse of minors.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsOct 13th, 2018

Pope defrocks 2 Chilean bishops for sex abuse of minors

VATICAN CITY (3rd UPDATE) – Pope Francis has defrocked two Chilean bishops for the alleged sexual abuse of minors, the Vatican said in a statement on Saturday, October 13 after a meeting between the pontiff and the president of Chile. The decision to expel former archbishop Francisco Jose Cox Huneeus and ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 13th, 2018

Pope meets top U.S. cardinal in shadow of abuse scandal

VATICAN CITY, Holy See – Pope Francis met the president of the US bishops' conference Monday, October 8, as his supporters closed ranks over the pontiff's handling of allegations of sexual misconduct by a US cardinal. Francis held talks with Cardinal Daniel DiNardo and other senior members of the bishops' conference ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 9th, 2018

Sex abuse scandal: Pope seeks prayers to fight ’devil’

VATICAN CITY --- Pope Francis asked Saturday for daily prayers to protect the Catholic Church from what he says are "attacks by the devil,`" in his latest response to the clerical sex abuse and cover-up scandal roiling his papacy. A Vatican statement appeared to be an indirect response to accusations that Francis himself, and a string of Vatican officials before him, were complicit in covering up the sexual misconduct of a now-disgraced American ex-cardinal. The Vatican said Francis had asked for Catholics worldwide to unite and pray the Rosary each day during October "to protect the church from the devil, who is always looking to divide us from God and from one another.`" A...Keep on reading: Sex abuse scandal: Pope seeks prayers to fight ’devil’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 29th, 2018

Chilean clergy abuse cases triple to 119

Santiago,Chile--- Scores of new cases of priestly sexual abuse of minors have come to light in Chile, public prosecutors said Friday, deepening a crisis in the country's Catholic Church that has embroiled Pope Francis. The country's chief prosecutor's office said the number of cases it was investigating had soared to 119 as more victims came forward. A total of 167 bishops, priests and lay members of the church are now under investigation for sexual crimes committed in the South American country since 1960. Seven of those under investigation are bishops and 96 are priests, but it was unclear from the figures released Friday how many were currently serving. Among those implicated is t...Keep on reading: Chilean clergy abuse cases triple to 119.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 1st, 2018

Pope Francis begs for God s forgiveness for sexual abuse scandal

KNOCK, Ireland – Pope Francis in Ireland Sunday, August 26, "begged for God's forgiveness" for the child sexual abuse scandal rocking the church but faced accusations by a former Vatican official that he had personally ignored allegations against senior clergy. Francis is due to speak in front of some 500,000 faithful ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 27th, 2018

Irish PM urges action on abuse as Pope admits shame and pain

DUBLIN, Ireland (UPDATED) – Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar on Saturday, August 25, urged Pope Francis to take action to ensure justice for abuse victims worldwide as the pontiff said he shared in the "pain and shame" during a historic visit to Ireland. Varadkar, an openly gay leader and a symbol ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 25th, 2018