The pope’s remarks in Chile Thursday marked a shocking end to a trip aimed at healing historic wounds from sexual abuse by priests in the country. ”The pope’s remarks drew shock from Chileans and immediate rebuke from victims and their supporters.Francis said that until he sees proof that Bishop Juan Barros was complicit in covering up the sex crimes of the Rev. They said the accusers were deemed credible enough by the Vatican that it sentenced Karadima to a lifetime of “penance and prayer” for his crimes in 2011.
ls/rt (AP, dpa, KNA) Pope Francis said during his trip to Chile that allegations a bishop there had known about sexual abuse were "slander." Boston's archbishop says those words were "a great source of pain for survivors of sexual abuse." () An Irish survivor of clerical sex abuse, has resigned from Pope Francis' child protection panel.() A pamphlet left at one of the churches threatened to place the "next bomb" in the pope's garments.The Catholic Church has fallen out of favor in Chile, with the president urging citizens to welcome him with "respect." () Chilean police have arrested a prominent Catholic priest who is accused of raping seven children.But the country that threw open its arms for John Paul II is very different to the one that will host Pope Francis, and not everyone is happy he's visiting. Pope Francis has accused victims of a pedophile priest of slandering a bishop by accusing him of a cover-up of the priest’s actions.
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Karadima’s victims reported to church authorities as early as 2002 that he would kiss and fondle them in the Santiago parish he ran. Only when the victims went public with their accusations in 2010 did the Vatican launch an investigation that led to Karadima being removed from ministry.