Region: Latin America 2018-03-25T18:46:26+00:00

31 Chilean Bishops Resign

VATICAN CITY (AP) Report By NICOLE WINFIELD May.18, 2018 — In the biggest shake-up yet in the Catholic Church’s long-running sex abuse scandal, every active Chilean bishop offered to resign Friday over what Pope Francis said was their “grave negligence” in investigating abuse and protecting children. The bishops announced at the end of an emergency Vatican summit that all 31 active bishops in Rome had signed a document offering to resign. Francis can accept the resignations, reject them or delay a decision, and the bishops remain in place until he acts. But the symbolic significance of an entire national bishops’ conference resigning en masse because they covered-up for pedophiles marked a historic moment in the decades-long saga. Full article can be read here: AP News Report-May 18-2018

May 21st, 2018|

To Fight Against Pedophilia in the Church, We Must Change our Logic

José Andrés Murillo: "To fight against pedophilia in the Church, we must change our logic" Members of the "Laicos de Osorno" protest against sexual abuse in front of Santiago de Chile Cathedral, January 18, 2018. Esteban Felix AP Interview with Marie Malzac of LaCroix Press: 1/22/2018 Founder of the Chilean association for the fight against sexual abuse "For confidence", José Andrés Murillo expects the Pope to "reverse the logic of power" in place according to him in the Catholic Church. LaCroix: You say that you expect more actions and less words from the pope. In concrete terms, what do you blame for the fight against sexual abuse in the Church? José Andrés Murillo: Pope Francis has spoken on many occasions about the issue of sexual abuse and has [...]

March 25th, 2018|

In Chile, Victims of a Pedophile Priest Satisfied with the Visit of the Pope’s Envoy

José Andrés Murillo José Andrés Murillo, director of the "Para la confianza" foundation, speaks to the press in Santiago, Chile February 21, 2018 / Luis Hidalgo / AP Reported from La Croix Press 3-23-2018: In taking the defense, during his trip to Chile in January, of Bishop Juan Barros, Bishop of Osorno, who was accused of having covered the actions of Father Fernando Karadima, a sexual predator of whom he was very close, Pope Francis deeply shocked public opinion. A few days later, he explained himself before apologizing. In the process, he had appointed Bishop Charles Scicluna, the Vatican advocate and known for his courageous work in the fight against pedophilia in the Church, to be his special envoy to Chile, where he would be responsible for collecting testimonies [...]

March 25th, 2018|

First Woman to Denounce the Marist Case

Brother Germán Chávez Brother Germán Chávez, recently denounced in the Maristas case. Reported in The Clinic 3/20/2018: On Monday, part of the Marist case reporters finally filed a lawsuit against five religious, including Cristián Precht, for the crimes of illicit association, improper rape and favoring the prostitution of minors, among others. The document includes the story of three new victims, among them, that of a woman who would have been abused by a Marist religious. The woman who, despite not having been a student of a Marist school, did have a close relationship with the Alonso de Ercilla Institute because one of her brothers studied at that institution. "It was a Sunday in December 1978, I was 15 years old. Together with her older sister, they attended mass in [...]

March 25th, 2018|

In the Name of God

Report by Lenka Carvallo, March 22, 2018: A pedophilia network that would involve well-known diocesan, Marist and lay priests. Sexual abuse committed through religious rites. Together with five IAE alumni, we reconstruct a plot that has this influential educational congregation in suspense, the second most important in Chile. A series of complaints will be made public these days. The Marists defend themselves. Full Report: http://www.caras.cl/sociedad/en-el-nombre-de-dios/ Fotos Camilo Melús

March 25th, 2018|

Groundbreaking Meeting in Chile

Child protection activists and concerned individuals over 5 continents met in Chile in January 2018 to brainstorm and create an action plan on how to end clergy sexual abuse. This was one of the pivotal meetings which led to the formation of ECA: Ending Clergy Abuse. ECA set the stage for a truth-telling media campaign first in Chile and then in Peru to let the world know about the global problem of clergy sexual abuse. (Click any image to view the slide show in large format Lightbox)

March 19th, 2018|
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