Fernando Karadima

VATICAN CITY | Pope defrocks Chile priest at center of global abuse scandal

VATICAN CITY  — Pope Francis has defrocked the Chilean priest at the center of the global sex abuse scandal rocking his papacy, invoking his “supreme” authority to stiffen a sentence originally handed down by the Vatican in 2011. In a statement Friday, the Vatican said Francis had laicized the 88-year-old Rev. Fernando Karadima, who was … Continue reading VATICAN CITY | Pope defrocks Chile priest at center of global abuse scandal

VATICAN CITY | Pope digs deeper into roots of Chile sex abuse scandal

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is digging deeper into the roots of Chile’s sex abuse scandal by meeting with a group of priests who were trained in a cult-like Catholic community and suffered psychological and sexual abuse there. Francis celebrated Mass on Saturday with three priests trained by the Rev. Fernando Karadima, a powerful … Continue reading VATICAN CITY | Pope digs deeper into roots of Chile sex abuse scandal

Chile cardinal seeks to deflect criticism for pope’s trip

VATICAN CITY /March 09, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —The retired archbishop of Santiago is trying to deflect criticism for Pope Francis’ troubled trip to Chile in January, blaming everything from the summer weather to an “absentee” spokesman for the lower-than-expected turnout and negative press coverage during the visit. Cardinal Javier Errazuriz, a top papal adviser, wrote an extraordinary … Continue reading Chile cardinal seeks to deflect criticism for pope’s trip

Vatican seeks to defuse scandal, says pope meets victims

VATICAN CITY /February 15, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —The Vatican said Thursday that Pope Francis meets frequently with victims of sexual abuse, seeking to defuse a mounting scandal over his unbridled support for a Chilean bishop accused by victims of witnessing and ignoring their abuse. Spokesman Greg Burke said Francis meets in private with victims individually or … Continue reading Vatican seeks to defuse scandal, says pope meets victims

Activists in Chile say pope must apologize for priest abuse

SANTIAGO, Chile/January 15, 2018(AP)(STL.News) — Hours before Pope Francis was set to arrive in Chile Monday, activists on issues related to sex abuse by priests called for sanctions against both abusers and anyone who helped cover up their actions. About 200 people attended the first of several activities aimed at making the sex abuse scandal a … Continue reading Activists in Chile say pope must apologize for priest abuse