Pope Francis will apologise to abuse victims in Chile

13 April, 2018, 01:39 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
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Francis blamed a lack of "truthful and balanced information" for his missteps in judging the case of Bishop Juan Barros, a protege of Chile's most notorious predator priest, Father Fernando Karadima.

Francis strongly defended the bishop during his January visit to Chile despite accusations by victims that Barros had witnessed and ignored their abuse.

If Barros and two other Karadima-trained bishops were also to resign, Francis would have the chance to remake the Chilean Church hierarchy - a reform that victims have long called for.

While his letter didn't reveal his ultimate conclusions about Barros, Francis made clear that he and the bishops have a lot of work to do to turn the Chilean church around.

They say the Barros affair is emblematic of a culture in the Chilean Church that covers up for abusers and discredits victims to protect the Church's reputation and assets.

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Scicluna's 2,300-page March 20 report includes testimony from abuse victims. A similar meeting took place in Rome with American bishops in 2002 during the papacy of Pope John Paul after a sexual abuse crisis exploded in the United States.

In the letter, the Pope wrote that after reading the lengthy report and the testimonies collected by Maltese Archbishop Charles Scicluna and Rev. Jordi Bertomeu Farnós, he felt "pain and shame".

The Catholic leader made the extraordinary admissions in a letter to Chilean bishops and summoned them to the Vatican for a crisis meeting.

"I have made serious mistakes in the assessment and perception of the situation, especially due to the lack of truthful and balanced information".

Francis overrode their concerns and appointed Barros bishop of the southern Chilean diocese of Osorno in 2015, saying the church had investigated the claims against him and found them to be baseless.

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Archbishop Scicluna and Father Bertomeu, the pope said, had been overwhelmed by the "maturity, respect and kindness" of the victims who testified.

The sudden apology came after months of papal denials that resulted in tensions and even arson attacks against Catholic churches in Chile.

"It is also very interesting how seriously the Pope takes this".

However, less than one week after the decision to send Archbishop Scicluna to Chile was announced, one of Karadima's victims, Juan Carlos Cruz, said in an interview with The Associated Press that in 2015 he had sent a letter to the Pope through the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, alleging that Bishop Barros had seen Karadima's abuse and had at times participated.

The Pope in his letter has said that, "Today I want to speak to you not of assurances, but...the joy, the peace of forgiveness of our sins and the action of his grace". He then went to Santiago to interview additional witnesses related to the case. He served as the congregation's Promoter of Justice for 17 years, and is widely known for his expertise in the canonical norms governing allegations of sexual abuse. Earlier this year, the Marist Brothers began a canonical investigation of allegations of sexual abuse in Chile by some of its members.

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"Now more than ever we can not fall back into the temptation of verbiage or stain in 'universals, ' he said, and told the bishops to look to Christ in the coming days and weeks".

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