Posts Tagged ‘Chile’

Chile’s Catholic Church calls for drastic solution

Monday, April 16th, 2018

Chile’s Catholic Church has asked for a drastic solution that could include resignations. The call came a day after Pope Francis acknowledged “grave mistakes” in handling a sexual abuse crisis and summoned Church leaders to Rome. At a meeting of Church leadership on Chile’s central coast, Santiago Silva, the president of the Episcopal Conference, said Read more

Pope’s briefing system under scrutiny after Chile gaffe

Monday, February 12th, 2018
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Just how well informed is Pope Francis about the goings-on in his 1.2-billion strong Catholic Church? That question is making the rounds after the pope seemed completely unaware of the details of a Chilean sex abuse scandal, a failing that soured his recent trip there and forced him to do an about-face. It also came Read more

Chilean sex-abuse victim to have Vatican interview

Monday, February 12th, 2018

A Chilean sex-abuse victim will be interviewed personally by the Vatican’s sex-crimes expert, Archbishop Charles Scicluna. Scicluna will travel to New York next week to interview the victim, Juan Carlos Cruz. The victim is at the centre of a scandal involving Pope Francis. Cruz says a letter he wrote in 2015 asking Pope Francis to Read more

Bolivian President asks Pope for help

Monday, May 15th, 2017

The Bolivian President Evo Morales asked for Pope Francis to help with nine Bolivians who have been imprisoned in Chile. Morales has asked for a papal envoy to help calm “rising tensions and a miscarriage of justice”. “I beg you to intervene in the best possible way to quickly resolve this case,” he wrote to Read more

CDF head says Church shouldn’t reflect members’ views

Friday, November 20th, 2015

The Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has said the work of the Church is not to reflect the opinions of its members. “The Church’s job is to reflect the point of view of her head and founder: Jesus Christ,” Cardinal Gerhard Müller said in Chile earlier this month. The cardinal Read more

Pope hits out at opponents of abuse cover-up accused bishop

Friday, October 9th, 2015

Pope Francis has described as “leftists” those Chileans who criticised his appointment of a bishop accused of covering up for an abusive priest. In a video taken of a conversation in St Peter’s Square five months ago, Francis mentioned the case of Bishop Juan Barros Madrid of Osorno. “Don’t be led around by the nose Read more

Jesuit barred from teaching theology at Catholic university

Friday, April 17th, 2015

A Jesuit academic has been barred from teaching theology at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. Late last month, the university’s chancellor Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati Andrello removed Professor Jorge Costadoat, SJ, from the role. In a letter to the university’s council, Cardinal Ezzati stated Fr Costadoat’s academic path “included unwise affirmations that blurred the magisterial Read more

Vatican backs controversial bishop accused of abuse cover-up

Friday, April 10th, 2015

In a rare move, the Vatican has publicly defended the recent appointment of a controversial bishop accused of covering up child abuse in Chile. The Vatican press office stated: “Prior to the recent appointment of His Excellency Msgr Juan de la Cruz Barros Madrid as bishop of Osorno, Chile, the Congregation for Bishops carefully examined Read more

Abuse protesters wreak havoc at bishop’s installation Mass

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

The installation Mass of a Chilean bishop accused of complicity in paedophilia cases descended into chaos as protesters tried to climb onto the altar. An estimated 4000 protesters tried to block Bishop Juan Barros Madrid from entering the cathedral in Osorno on March 21. Inside the cathedral, there were clashes between the bishop’s opponents, carrying Read more

New bishop in Chile under fire for alleged abuser cover-up

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Several Chilean priests have demanded the resignation of a newly-appointed bishop whom they accuse of covering up for a cleric who abused altar servers. A group of priests and deacons in Osorno have complained to the apostolic nuncio for Chile about Bishop Juan Barros Madrid. The priests and deacons allege the bishop covered up for Read more