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January 19, 2018

Pope Francis shocks Chile by accusing sex abuse victims of slander

USA Today

January 18, 2018

By Jane Onyanga-Omara

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.

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.

Francis said that until he sees proof that Bishop Juan Barros was complicit in covering up the sex crimes of the Rev. Fernando Karadima, such accusations against Barros were defamatory.

“The day they bring me proof against Bishop Barros, I’ll speak,” Francis said after a Chilean journalist asked him about Barros. “There is not one shred of proof against him. It’s all calumny. Is that clear?”

The pope’s remarks drew shock from Chileans and immediate rebuke from victims and their supporters. 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.

A Chilean judge also found the victims to be credible, saying that while she had to drop criminal charges against Karadima because too much time had passed, proof of his crimes wasn’t lacking.

Pope Francis 'slander' comment angers Chile abuse victims


January 19, 2018

Pope Francis has triggered anger in Chile after accusing victims of a paedophile priest of slander.

Francis said there was "no proof" for their claims that abuse by Father Fernando Karadima had been covered up by another man, Bishop Juan Barros.

"There is not one single piece of proof against him (Bishop Barros). It is all slander. Is that clear?" the Pope said.

One Karadima victim said the Pope's earlier plea for forgiveness over clerical sex abuse was "empty".

Blame tough lives of priests' victims on economy, not abuse, says church


January 17, 2018

By Gabrielle Fahmy

Archdiocese says lawsuits over sexual assaults are 'unreasonable' and it should not have to pay compensation

The Archdiocese of Moncton continues to deny responsibility for the sexual assaults against children that its priests are accused of having committed decades ago.

In two new documents filed in court, the archdiocese says it should not have to pay compensation, whether the abuse happened or not.

It also says if victims had difficulty making a living, it is because of economic, linguistic and other factors present in New Brunswick at the time, rather than the emotional and psychological trauma they suffered.

The documents are statements of defence in response to civil lawsuits alleging abuse at the hands of former priests Yvon Arsenault and Camille Leger.

Arsenault was sent to prison for four years, after admitting to molesting young boys when he was a priest in Shediac and Collette in the 1970s.

Camille Leger died in 1991 before he was ever accused of any crimes. He was priest at Sainte-Therese-d'Avila parish in Cap Pelé from 1957 to 1980 and is estimated to have abused more than 100 boys.

Edmundites to pay up in priest sex-abuse lawsuit

Free Press

January 18, 2018

By Adam Silverman

A Colchester-based religious order is among several Roman Catholic institutions that recently settled a priest sex abuse lawsuit in Connecticut for nearly $1 million.

The court case centered on misconduct claims involving defrocked priest Charles Many, a Vermont native and St. Michael’s College graduate who helped lead parishes in Essex Junction and in Groton, Connecticut, and was a member of the Society of St. Edmund.

The society and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Norwich in Connecticut agreed to split the $900,000 settlement paid to Andrew Aspinwall, 50, of New London, said his lawyer, Kelly Reardon. The agreement, which Aspinwall and the defendants reached on the eve of a trial that was set to begin early this month, contained no admission of wrongdoing.

Pope Accuses Sex Abuse Victims in Chile of Slandering Bishop

New York Times

January 19, 2018

By Pascale Bonnefoy and Austin Ramzyjan

Santiago, Chile - Pope Francis has accused abuse victims in Chile of slandering a bishop who they say protected a pedophile priest, upending his efforts to rehabilitate the Catholic Church’s reputation while visiting South America.

Francis told reporters Thursday there was not a shred of evidence against Bishop Juan Barros Madrid, who victims of the Rev. Fernando Karadima, Chile’s most notorious priest, have accused of being complicit in his crimes.

“The day someone brings me proof against Bishop Barros, then I will talk,” Francis said before celebrating Mass outside the northern Chilean city of Iquique. “But there is not one single piece of evidence. It is all slander. Is that clear?”

The pope’s comments set off a storm in Chile, raising questions about his commitment to repairing the damage from sexual abuse scandals and improving the decline in the church’s image and following in the traditionally devout country.

“Pope Francis’ attack on the Karadima victims is a stunning setback,” said Anne Barrett Doyle, a co-director of BishopAccountability.org, a group that monitors abuse cases. “He has just turned back the clock to the darkest days of this crisis. Who knows how many victims now will decide to stay hidden, for fear they will not be believed?”

A Blot on Ireland’s Past, Facing Demolition

New York Times

January 15, 2018

Leer en español: Irlanda se pregunta si es mejor borrar el pasado o conmemorarlo

By Ed O'Loughlinjan

[See also Gary Gannon, The Last Laundry, Broadsheet (10/25/17). The literature on the Magdalene Laundries is voluminous. Among the online resources:
Justice for Magdalenes Research
• Irish Human Rights Commission, Assessment of the Human Rights Issues Arising in Relation to the "Magdalen Laundries" (11/2010)
• Maeve O'Rourke, Submission to the United Nations Committee Against Torture, 46th Session, prepared by Justice for Magdalenes (5/2011)
State involvement in the Magdalene Laundries (Justice for Magdalenes’ principal submissions to the Inter-departmental Committee; submitted 9/18/2012; released in this redacted form 2/16/13)
• Senator Martin McAlese et al., Report of the Inter-Departmental Committee to establish the facts of State involvement with the Magdalen Laundries (2/5/2013) • Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Statement before the Dáil on the McAleese Report (2/19/13; see also the video)
• Justice John Quirke, The Magdalen Commission Report (dated 5/2013; released 6/26/2013)
Restorative Justice Scheme (6/26/2013)
• Irish Human Rights Commission, Submission to the UN Human Rights Committee (6/2014)
• United Nations, Committee Against Torture, Concluding observations on the second periodic report of Ireland (8/10/2017)
• Peter Tyndall, Opportunity Lost, an investigation by the Ombudsman into the administration of the Magdalen Restorative Justice Scheme (11/23/2017)]

The General Post Office in Dublin, center of the 1916 rebellion against British rule, is today a shrine to Irish freedom. Three blocks to the east, on a quiet, run-down side street, stands a monument to a very different side of Irish history — though maybe not for long.

The old Gloucester Street laundry, the last of Ireland’s infamous Magdalene Laundries to shut its doors, will soon be demolished and replaced by a budget hotel and a student residence — if the City Council has its way.

Founded in the 19th century, the Gloucester Street laundry was one of around a dozen such businesses run by Roman Catholic nuns and staffed by unpaid inmates — mostly orphan girls or young women who had become pregnant outside marriage or whose families could not or would not support them — who were given to the nuns to hide them away.

Owned most recently by the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity of Refuge, the Gloucester Street laundry usually had around 100 workers at any one time. It took in its last new inmate — transferred from a psychiatric hospital — as recently as 1995, then closed the following year.

The Magdalene women endured many of the same hardships as the inmates of the brutal church-run “industrial schools” for delinquent or unwanted children, and the “mother and baby homes,” where unmarried pregnant women were warehoused until their children were born (and then often taken for adoption). Poor nutrition and hygiene, cold and damp lodgings and little or no medical supervision were the norm.

Pope shocks Chile by accusing sex abuse victims of slander

Associated Press via Mercury News

January 18, 2018

By Nicole Winfield

Pope Francis accused victims of Chile’s most notorious pedophile of slander Thursday, an astonishing end to a visit meant to help heal the wounds of a sex abuse scandal that has cost the Catholic Church its credibility in the country.

Francis said that until he sees proof that Bishop Juan Barros was complicit in covering up the sex crimes of the Rev. Fernando Karadimas, such accusations against Barros are “all calumny.”

The pope’s remarks drew shock from Chileans and immediate rebuke from victims and their advocates. They noted 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. A Chilean judge also found the victims to be credible, saying that while she had to drop criminal charges against Karadima because too much time had passed, proof of his crimes wasn’t lacking.

“As if I could have taken a selfie or a photo while Karadima abused me and others and Juan Barros stood by watching it all,” tweeted Barros’ most vocal accuser, Juan Carlos Cruz. “These people are truly crazy, and the pontiff talks about atonement to the victims. Nothing has changed, and his plea for forgiveness is empty.”

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Anne Barrett Doyle, of the online database BishopAccountability.org, said it was “sad and wrong” for the pope to discredit the victims since “the burden of proof here rests with the church, not the victims — and especially not with victims whose veracity has already been affirmed.”

“He has just turned back the clock to the darkest days of this crisis,” she said in a statement. “Who knows how many victims now will decide to stay hidden, for fear they will not be believed?”

Indeed, Catholic officials for years accused victims of slandering and attacking the church with their claims. But up until Francis’ words Thursday, many in the church and Vatican had come to reluctantly acknowledge that victims usually told the truth and that the church for decades had wrongly sought to protect its own.

January 18, 2018

CNN Prime: Un gesto necesario

CNN Chile

>>CNN Prime: A necessary gesture

January 10, 2018

By Mónica Rincón

[Note: Includes video of the editorial.]

No es sólo el marista Abel Pérez hoy, Karadima o el cura Tato ayer. En los últimos 15 años 80 religiosos han sido acusados de delitos sexuales.

Cometidos desde la asimetría que implica siempre el pastor frente al fiel o incluso entre el adulto y el menor.

No es sólo el abuso de confianza cometido al amparo de una sotana sino la política sistemática de parte de la Iglesia Católica tanto en Chile como en el mundo que en el mejor de los casos fue de desidia y en el peor de ocultamiento.

El marista Pérez confesó su culpa y su congregación calló por años, las autoridades eclesiásticas no creyeron a las víctimas Karadima y mucho antes por ejemplo al obispo Cox lo trasladaron a Alemania.

Por eso la visita del Papa sería un excelente momento para que se reuniera con las víctimas y les pidiera perdón a nombre de la institución que encabeza y perdón por actos propios. Como haber llamado tontos a quienes en Osorno alegaban por el obispo Barros o por haber asistido al funeral del cardenal Law acusado de encubrir abusos en Boston.

Sería la señal más potente de un Nunca Más.

[Google Translation: It is not just the Marist Abel Pérez today, Karadima or priest Tato yesterday. In the last 15 years, 80 religious have been accused of sexual crimes.

Committed from the asymmetry that always implies the pastor in front of the faithful or even between the adult and the minor.

It is not only the abuse of trust committed under the cover of a cassock but the systematic policy on the part of the Catholic Church both in Chile and in the world that in the best of cases was negligence and in the worst concealment.

The Marist Perez confessed his guilt and his congregation was silent for years, the ecclesiastical authorities did not believe the Karadima victims and much earlier, for example, Bishop Cox was moved to Germany.

That is why the Pope's visit would be an excellent moment for him to meet with the victims and ask for their forgiveness on behalf of the institution he heads and forgiveness for his own acts. How to call fools those who in Osorno alleged by Bishop Barros or have attended the funeral of Cardinal Law accused of covering up abuses in Boston.

It would be the most powerful signal of a Never Again.]

Papa Francisco defiende a Barros: "No hay una sola prueba en contra de él, sólo hay calumnias"


>>Pope Francis defends Barros: "There is not a single test against him, there are only slander"

January 18, 2018

- "El día que me traigan una prueba contra el obispo Barros, ahí hablaré", dijo el pontífice.

- El obispo de Osorno es sindicado como encubridor de los abusos sexuales del cura Fernando Karadima.

El papa Francisco defendió este jueves al cuestionado obispo Juan Barros, sindicado como encubridor de los abusos sexuales de Fernando Karadima, asegurando que no existen pruebas contra el líder de la Diócesis de Osorno

"El día que me traigan una prueba contra el obispo Barros, ahí voy a hablar. No hay una sola prueba en contra. Todo es calumnia, ¿está claro?", aseguró el pontífice en conversación con varios medios de comunicación.

Se trata de la primera vez durante su visita a Chile que Jorge Bergoglio comenta la situación de Barros, quien ha sido protagonista durante toda la estadía de Francisco en el país y participando en las misas masivas del Parque O'Higgins en Santiago, aeródromo Maquehue en Temuco y Playa Lobito en Iquique pese a las presión periodística y ciudadana.

[Google Translation:
- "The day they bring me a test against Bishop Barros, I'll talk there," said the pontiff.

- The Bishop of Osorno is accused of covering up the sexual abuse of priest Fernando Karadima.

Pope Francis defended Thursday the questioned Bishop Juan Barros , accused of covering up the sexual abuse of Fernando Karadima, assuring that there is no evidence against the leader of the Diocese of Osorno

"The day they bring me a test against Bishop Barros, I'll talk there, there is not one single proof against it, it's all slander, is that clear? " The pontiff said in conversation with several media outlets.

This is the first time during his visit to Chile that Jorge Bergoglio comments on the situation of Barros , who has been the protagonist during Francisco's stay in the country and participating in the massive Masses of Parque O'Higgins in Santiago , Maquehue airfield in Temuco and Lobito Beach in Iquique despite journalistic and citizen pressure.

There are even several priests who have publicly pointed out that the presence of Barros in the papal visit bothers them and even the "violent" , and admit that the controversy "opaque" the strength of Bergoglio's message.

Top Hard critics of Karadima whistleblowers

The statements of Pope Francis generated the immediate reaction of the complainants of the Karadima case.

Juan Carlos Cruz , through his Twitter account, criticized the Pope asking for evidence: " As if one could have taken a selfie or photo while Karadima abused me and others with Juan Barros standing next to him watching everything . "

"These people from above are crazy and the Pope talks about reparation to the victims, we remain the same and his forgiveness remains empty," he said, recalling the public request for forgiveness made by the Vatican head of state on Tuesday at the Palacio de la currency .

Juan Carlos Cruz Ch.
As if one could have taken a selfie or photo while Karadima abused me and others with Juan Barros standing next to him watching everything. These people from above are crazy and @Pontifex_es talks about repairing victims. We remain the same and his forgiveness remains empty.
https://twitter.com/cnnchile/status/953989489755590657 …

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While José Andrés Murillo said that " this has already become personal ... Francisco, realize that our struggle is against abuse ... Benedict, we need you now."

José Andrés Murillo
This has already become personal ... Francisco, realize that our struggle is against abuse ... Benedict, we need you now.

9:31 - 18 ene. 2018
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In turn, James Hamilton used the social network to share an image of "the bishops and their leader": Karadima along with Horacio Valenzuela, Juan Barros, Andrés Arteaga and Tomislav Koljatic, the bishops he formed .

James Hamilton
The bishops and their leader

Earlier, upon arriving in Iquique, the bishop of Osorno said that the pontiff had expressed "words of encouragement, support and affection . "

Barros was also publicly defended by Cardinal Francisco Javier Errázuriz Ossa, who said that his situation "is an invented controversy and has no basis".

It should be remembered that there is a letter from 2015 - but only last week - where Francisco expressed concern about the Osorno issue and revealed a plan to give Barros and other questioned bishops a sabbatical.]

La Iglesia oculta casos como el del Sodalicio a nivel mundial

La República

>>The Church hides cases such as the Sodalicio worldwide

January 18, 2018

By Martín Calderón

Testimonios. Un exsacerdote mexicano, un ciudadano alemán abusado por dos jesuitas y otros activistas denuncian el silencio de la Iglesia Católica en denuncias de pederastia.

“Me considero un sobreviviente de los abusos sexuales, no solo una víctima. Fuimos abusados un grupo de niños en la década del 70, y algunos se suicidaron o tuvieron problemas con el alcohol. Yo sobreviví”.

El relato es de Matthias Katsch, abusado sexualmente a los 13 años, según dijo, por dos jesuitas en un colegio católico en Berlín, Alemania.

Este ciudadano alemán se encuentra en el Perú junto a otras víctimas de abusos sexuales por parte de miembros de la Iglesia católica, y activistas por los derechos de los niños y adolescentes.

La historia de Katsh es parecida a la que vivieron las víctimas del Sodalicio en el Perú. Y parecida también a otros casos registrados en la lejana Irlanda o en el país vecino de Chile.

El caso del Sodalicio, explica la activista Anna Barret-Doyle, “es similar a lo que pasa en todo el globo, y la Iglesia lo sabe”.

[Google Translation: Testimonials . A former Mexican priest, a German citizen abused by two Jesuits and other activists denounce t"I consider myself a survivor of sexual abuse, not just a victim. We were abused a group of children in the 70s, and some committed suicide or had problems with alcohol. I survived".

The story is from Matthias Katsch, sexually abused at age 13, he said, by two Jesuits at a Catholic school in Berlin, Germany.

YOU CAN SEE The secrets of Sodalicio: What happened inside its walls?

This German citizen is in Peru with other victims of sexual abuse by members of the Catholic Church, and activists for the rights of children and adolescents.

The history of Katsh is similar to that of the victims of Sodalicio in Peru. And similar to other cases recorded in distant Ireland or in the neighboring country of Chile.

The Sodalicio case, explains activist Anna Barret-Doyle, "is similar to what happens around the globe, and the Church knows it."

Other activists agree, such as the former Mexican priest Alberto Athié, who left the priesthood when he found out that the Church is hiding cases of pedophilia, according to what he said yesterday during a conversation organized by the organization defending sexual rights Promsex and Lamula.pe in Lima.

"You have to confront the sayings with the facts. What does Pope Francis intend ? The protection of his image and of the Holy See. He has apologized to the victims, but that is not enough. It is not enough to forgive because before there is justice, "he said.

Church in crisis

For the ex-priest Athié, the Catholic Church faces a serious crisis of credibility worldwide due to its lack of transparency in cases of sexual abuse. "The Pope knows it perfectly," he said.

"There is an immensity of cases of sexual abuse in Latin America. The church sends to this region and to Africa persecuted priests in Europe and the United States for sexual crimes. Poor and marginalized children are abused and can hardly make the complaint, "he added.

For his part, the American lawyer and activist Tim Law warned that the pope's message does not agree with his actions.

"It says: 'No more secrets', but at the same time the Church does not make public the list of sexual aggressors," he said.

Finally, the former vice president of the Committee on the Rights of the Child of the UN , the Ecuadorian Sara Oviedo, clarified that the denunciations and questions against the Catholic Church are carried out because it "covers up its members accused of sexual abuse, instead of collaborating with Justice".

More testimonials

The author of the book "Sins of the Fathers", the Jamaican Denise Buchanan, participated in the discussion and told that she was a victim of sexual abuse by members of the Catholic Church.

He narrated that he still suffers the consequences of the tragedy he experienced.

"My social life is dramatic even today. I have achieved success in other aspects of life, but not emotionally. The person who spoke to me about God abused me and I got pregnant. That was devastating, "he said.

"I can not have children and I've divorced twice. And they ask me to turn the page! Buchanan added.

They sent a letter to the Nunciature to be received by the head of the Catholic Church in the world and talk about the injustice generated by the pardon that the former dictator Alberto Fujimori received.

"We are still waiting for an answer. There is nothing official so far, and the timetable for the visit of Pope Francis has already come out, "he said, in a dialogue with La República .

It is also not known if the Pope will meet with the victims of sexual, physical and psychological abuse of Sodalicio.he silence of the Catholic Church in allegations of pedophilia.

Papa Francisco: Plan de seguridad incluye la prohibición de marchas

La República

>>Pope Francisco: Security plan includes the prohibition of marches

January 18, 2018

Más de 2.600 policías y miembros de las Fuerzas Armadas estarán encargados de garantizar la seguridad del Sumo Pontífice y ciudadanos que asistan a la misa.

El plan para garantizar la seguridad del papa Francisco en su visita al país quedó listo e incluye labores de inteligencia para evitar posibles imprevistos, aseguró ayer el ministro del Interior, Vicente Romero.

“La seguridad está montada sobre un esquema de prevención y el cuidado del minuto a minuto de Su Santidad por todos los lugares donde se desplazará”, indicó.

[Google Translation: More than 2,600 policemen and members of the Armed Forces will be in charge of guaranteeing the security of the Supreme Pontiff and citizens who attend the mass .

The plan to ensure the safety of Pope Francis in his visit to the country was ready and includes intelligence work to avoid possible unforeseen events, said Interior Minister Vicente Romero yesterday .

"The security is mounted on a prevention scheme and the minute-by-minute care of His Holiness for all the places where he will move," he said.

In addition, the General Directorate of Interior Government reported that guarantees will not be granted for marches or mobilizations during the visit of Pope Francis to the country, from January 18 to 21.

For this last city, it has been planned to displace 2,600 policemenwho will have the support of the Armed Forces. "We need the population to trust all the entities of the State that are committed to security," Minister Romero said.

For Sunday 21, a total of 510 policemen, distributed in the 17 doors of entrance to the air base Las Palmas, will have the mission to check the faithful who attend the massive mass of Pope Francis .

"We ask the population to have patience and peace of mind that this will be done in the established times," said General EP Jorge Chavez, head of Indeci.]

Víctimas de abusos en Perú piden al Papa que se haga justicia

Deutsche Welle

>>Victims of abuse in Peru ask the Pope to do justice

[Note: Includes a brief video interview via Skype with Darío Menor Torres.]

Activistas y víctimas de países como México, Ecuador o Alemania pidieron que los clérigos denunciados sean remitidos "a la justicia común".

Activistas y víctimas de abusos sexuales afirmaron este miércoles (17.01.2018) en Lima que el papa Francisco debe "remitir a la justicia común, para que sean sancionados como corresponde", a los clérigos católicos denunciados por casos de este tipo.

"La Iglesia no puede ser responsable por personas que, en cualquier tipo de circunstancias, son unos abusadores", afirmó la ecuatoriana Sara Oviedo, exvicepresidenta del Comité de Derechos Humanos de las Naciones Unidas (ONU).

Oviedo participó en una exposición ante la prensa realizada por integrantes del grupo TAP o The Accountability Proyect (Proyecto de rendición de cuentas), un día antes del inicio de una visita oficial y apostólica del papa Francisco a Perú. En la presentación estuvieron el mexicano Alberto Athié, el británico Peter Saunders, el alemán Matthias Katsch y los norteamericanos Tim Law, Denisse Buchanan y Anne Barrett Doyle.

[Google Translation: Activists and victims of countries like Mexico, Ecuador or Germany asked that the denounced clerics be referred "to the common justice".

Activists and victims of sexual abuse affirmed this Wednesday (17.01.2018) in Lima that Pope Francis must "refer to the common justice, so that they are punished as appropriate", to the Catholic clerics denounced by cases of this type.

"The Church can not be responsible for people who, in any type of circumstances, are abusers," said Ecuadorian Sara Oviedo, former vice president of the United Nations Human Rights Committee (UN).

Oviedo participated in an exhibition before the press made by members of the TAP group or The Accountability Project, a day before the beginning of an official and apostolic visit of Pope Francis to Peru. In the presentation were the Mexican Alberto Athié, the British Peter Saunders, the German Matthias Katsch and the North Americans Tim Law, Denisse Buchanan and Anne Barrett Doyle.

The ex-UN official said that the victims of abuse also ask to "separate from their positions clerics who are known, or suspect, to have committed some type of abuse." He also considered that the canon law should be modified so that these cases can no longer be considered "only as a moral violation" and that the church should find mechanisms to denounce these crimes, as well as address them in the formation of priests and education of children in reporting mechanisms.

Athié, a former priest who discovered one of the first cases of abuse perpetrated in Mexico by the founder of the Legionaries of Christ, Marcial Maciel, said that the victims' denunciations "have met with a wall" in the Catholic Church. "You have to confront the sayings, the facts and the gestures," he said before emphasizing that "forgiveness is not enough, that is a very important value, but first there is the truth."

Matthias Katsch, co-founder of an association of victims of child abuse, said he participates in these activities "as a survivor", since he was abused in a Jesuit school. "We have the opportunity to show people that they have been victims in the past that we have opportunities today," he said before pointing out that the Catholic Church has a "responsibility" as a "global institution that trains children".

Cases like those of the Sodalicio organization

Barret Doyle added, meanwhile, that in Peru they have to deepen investigations of cases such as those of the Catholic organization Sodalicio de Vida Cristiana, which came to light after the publication in 2015 of the book "Mitad monjes, mitad soldados", of the Peruvian journalists Pedro Salinas and Paola Ugaz. He considered that, in addition to the intervention of Sodalicio announced by the Pope last week, he could ask that the founder of that group, Luis Figari, who is currently staying in Rome, be extradited to Peru.

The activist remarked that the denunciations about the Legionaries of Christ, in Mexico; Karadima, in Chile, or Sodalicio, in Peru, "these are cases of victims with economic means". "We have not yet heard of cases of poor victims, and the poor are especially vulnerable," he concluded.]

Cardinal Law, disgraced figure in church abuse scandal, dies

Express Newsline

January 18, 2018

Cardinal Bernard Law, the Archbishop emeritus of Boston who resigned in 2002 amid a clergy sex abuse scandal, died Wednesday [December 20, 2017] at the age of 86.

"Spotlight" star Mark Ruffalo is not mourning the death of Cardinal Bernard Law, formerly the archbishop of Boston. "Where are we going to celebrate?" said Robert Casarlo, an abuse victim who spoke during a press conference in Boston Wednesday.

Law was once one of the most important figures in the US church, wielding considerable influence inside the Vatican.

Speaking to reporters, some survivors gathered to reflect on Law's death and the abuse they suffered by the priests he oversaw in Boston.

Armidale detectives investigating new report of alleged historical abuse by retired Armidale priest David Joseph Perrett

Armidale Express

January 18, 2018

By Breanna Chillingworth

A court has been told detectives are investigating more alleged claims of historical sex abuse by a retired priest.

David Joseph Perrett returned to Armidale Local Court on Wednesday morning facing 62 charges, accused of molesting more than a dozen boys in the 1970s and 80s.

Magistrate Michael Holmes was told officers needed more time to investigate after another complainant contacted police, alleging abuse.

Priest Found Guilty of Violent Sex Acts with Children at Orthodox Christian Youth Camps


January 17, 2018

By Cristina Maza

An Orthodox priest in Russia was sentenced to 14 years in a high-security penal colony for “especially cynical” violent sexual acts with minors.

The abuse took place at Orthodox youth camps in Russia and Greece between 2009 and 2013, according to local reports on Wednesday.

The priest, Gleb Grozovsky, fled to Israel after police opened a criminal investigation into the abuse in 2013, but he was extradited to Russia in 2016 to stand trial. The trial was held behind closed doors and lasted for seven months.

Grozovsky continues to maintain his innocence and says he will appeal the ruling. Defense lawyers say Grozovsky is a victim of religious and political persecution. A website in English, Russian, Arabic and Hebrew that claims to belong to Grozovsky’s sister says that the court limited the priest's ability to know what he was charged with, but the website has not been updated since last year.

January 17, 2018

Texto y video: Saludo del Papa a los jóvenes de Chile en el Santuario de Maipú

ACI Prensa / EWTN

>>Greeting of the Pope to the youth of Chile at the Shrine of Maipú

January 17, 2018

El Papa Francisco sostuvo un emotivo y alegre encuentro con los jóvenes en el Santuario Nacional de Maipú, a quienes alentó a preguntarse constantemente qué haría Cristo en su lugar.

A continuación el texto completo de las palabras del Santo Padre:

Yo también Ariel estoy gozoso de estar con ustedes. Gracias por tus palabras de bienvenida en nombre de todos los aquí presentes. Simplemente estoy agradecido por compartir este tiempo como ustedes, que según leí: ahí se bajaron del sofá y se pusieron los zapatos. Gracias. Considero, para mí, importante poder encontrarnos y caminar juntos un rato, ¡Que nos ayudemos a mirar hacia delante! y creo también para ustedes es importante!. Gracias.

Y me alegra que este encuentro se realice aquí en Maipú. En esta tierra donde con un abrazo de fraternidad se fundó la historia de Chile; en este Santuario que se levanta en el cruce de los caminos del Norte y del Sur, que une la nieve y el océano, y hace que el cielo y la tierra tengan un hogar. Hogar para Chile, hogar para ustedes queridos jóvenes, donde la Virgen del Carmen los espera, los recibe con el corazón abierto.

[Partial Google Translation: Pope Francis held an emotional and joyful encounter with the young people in the National Shrine of Maipú, whom he encouraged to constantly ask themselves what Christ would do in his place.

Here is the full text of the words of the Holy Father:

I, too, Ariel, I am glad to be with you. Thank you for your words of welcome on behalf of all present here. I am just grateful to share this time as you, as I read: there they got off the couch and put on their shoes. Thank you. I consider, for me, important to be able to meet and walk together for a while, that we help us to look forward! and I think it's important to you too! Thank you.

And I'm glad that this meeting takes place here in Maipú. In this land where the history of Chile was founded with a hug of fraternity; in this Shrine that rises at the junction of the North and South roads, that unites the snow and the ocean, and makes heaven and earth a home. Home for Chile, home for you dear young people, where the Virgin of Carmen awaits you, receives you with an open heart.

And as he accompanied the birth of this Nation and accompanied so many Chileans throughout these two hundred years, he wants to continue accompanying the dreams that God puts in your heart: dreams of freedom, dreams of joy, dreams of a better future.

You want, as you said Ariel, to 'be protagonists of change'. Be protagonists. The Virgin of Carmen accompanies them so that they are the protagonists of the Chile that their hearts dream of. And I know that the heart of young Chileans dreams, and dreams big, not only when they are a little 'curaditos', no. They always dream big, because of these lands have been born experiences that were expanding and multiplying throughout various countries of our continent.]

La visita del papa a Perú vuelve a poner a la luz los casos de abuso en el Sodalicio

New York Times (en español)

>>The Pope's visit to Peru once again brings to light cases of abuse in the Sodalicio

16 de enero de 2018

Por Silvia Viñas

Londres - En las paredes de su cuarto en Colonia, Alemania, donde vivió los últimos años, no había un solo rastro que revelara que Álvaro Urbina era peruano. Nada recordaba al país donde había nacido y vivido hasta los 23 años, cuando decidió marcharse. “Dejé un poco atrás mi vida en el Perú”, dijo, una tarde del 2017, “y muchas veces me duele mucho recordar”.

Urbina se fue de Lima en 2004 y durante más de una década trató de evitar el pasado; pero un día del 2015, mientras revisaba Facebook, se topó con una noticia que lo obligó a recordar: el artículo decía que a Luis Fernando Figari y a Germán Doig —dos altos dirigentes del Sodalicio de Vida Cristiana, una sociedad católica a la que él se había unido de adolescente— se les acusaba de abusar sexual, física y psicológicamente de menores de edad y adultos jóvenes.

El Sodalicio de Vida Cristiana fue fundado en Perú en 1971 por Luis Fernando Figari, uno de los primeros líderes de la organización acusados de abuso por exsodálites, cuyos testimonios dieron a conocer los periodistas Pedro Salinas y Paola Ugaz. Esta sociedad católica —formada por sacerdotes y laicos como Figari y aprobada por el papa Juan Pablo II— ha buscado establecer un grupo de religiosos devotos que viven en comunidad. Desde su fundación, el Sodalicio ha concentrado sus esfuerzos de evangelización entre la elite peruana, pero también tiene presencia en toda América Latina y en Estados Unidos. Algunos medios han reportado que la organización cuenta con más de 20.000 seguidores.

Después de ver aquella noticia, Álvaro Urbina siguió buscando y leyó en un blog que Jeffery Daniels, su antiguo guía espiritual en el Sodalicio, presuntamente había abusado de una cantidad indeterminada de adolescentes. No lo podía creer: “Yo estaba tan ciego que nunca supe que yo no había sido el único. Por eso siempre me quedé callado”, dijo esa tarde de abril en Colonia, donde vivía desde el 2012. Entonces decidió contar su historia: unos meses después, su testimonio salía publicado en la prensa peruana.

[Google Translation: On the walls of his room in Cologne, Germany, where he lived in recent years, there was not a single trace that revealed that Alvaro Urbina was Peruvian. Nothing remembered the country where he was born and lived until he was 23, when he decided to leave. "I left my life a little behind in Peru," he said, one afternoon in 2017, "and many times it hurts a lot to remember."

Urbina left Lima in 2004 and for more than a decade tried to avoid the past; but one day in 2015, while reviewing Facebook, he ran into a story that forced him to remember: the article said that Luis Fernando Figari and Germán Doig - two senior leaders of the Sodalicio de Vida Cristiana, a Catholic society to which he had joined as a teenager - they were accused of abusing sexually, physically and psychologically minors and young adults.

The Sodalicio de Vida Cristiana was founded in Peru in 1971 by Luis Fernando Figari, one of the first leaders of the organization accused of abuse by exsodálites, whose testimonies were made known by journalists Pedro Salinas and Paola Ugaz. This Catholic society - formed by priests and laymen like Figari and approved by Pope John Paul II - has sought to establish a group of devout religious who live in community. Since its founding, Sodalicio has concentrated its evangelization efforts among the Peruvian elite, but it also has a presence throughout Latin America and the United States. Some media have reported that the organization has more than 20,000 followers .

After seeing that news, Álvaro Urbina continued to search and read in a blog that Jeffery Daniels, his former spiritual guide in Sodalicio, allegedly abused an undetermined number of teenagers. I could not believe it: "I was so blind that I never knew that I had not been the only one. That's why I always kept quiet, "he said that April afternoon in Cologne, where he had lived since 2012. He then decided to tell his story: a few months later, his testimony was published in the Peruvian press .

Urbina is 36 years old, with long dreadlocks and clear eyes. He is the only victim of Daniels who has given his name publicly to tell what he lived. "We could say that is my payment method for all this," he said.

When he decided to do so, it was still almost two years before the Public Ministry of Peru requested preventive detention for his former spiritual guide, Jeffery Daniels, and three other ex-leaders of Sodalicio, including Figari. The founder of Sodalicio and seven ex-leaders were denounced in May 2016 for the crimes of kidnapping, serious injuries and illicit association to commit a crime.

The story of Urbina is part of a special episode of Radio Ambulante on the victims of this organization that is broadcast today, one month after the request for preventive detention against ex-leaders of the Sodalicio and two days before the visit of Pope Francis to Peru, the first of a pontiff to the country in thirty years.

On Wednesday, January 10, a week after his arrival, the press office of the Vatican informed that Francisco had ordered the Sodalicio to intervene because of the concern generated by "all the information that, for several years, has been coming" about the organization.

'There was no way to escape for me'

Álvaro Urbina was 14 years old when he went to his first activity organized by Sodalicio. There he met Jeffery Daniels, who was twice his age. At that time, in the mid-nineties, Daniels was one of the laity who led groups of adolescents between 12 and 16 years. Organized activities, outings and trips. It addressed religious themes in a fun and accessible way for young people.

Daniels was known for his jovial attitude, for making jokes and being "chacotero", says Urbina. That irreverence was not what he expected from a religious leader: "It was lucky for him that we liked him very much," he says. Daniels was also affectionate and Urbina says that it made him feel that "you could trust him with your problems, any kind of problems". Bullying, sex, your parents. "He became your best friend."

That connection was something Urbina wanted. He did not fit in his private upper class school in Lima; he had bad grades, his classmates harassed him, and he was in danger of being suspended for indiscipline. His parents had recently separated and his father had left the country. In that group led by Daniels, Urbina felt safe. "They made me feel happy," she says, "they gave me a reason to smile, that was something that I lacked since my dad left."

One day, after one of his first outings with the group, Daniels left him home. He parked the car and began to talk to him about the trust: he told him that if he was able to trust him, he would lower his pants, says Urbina. Then he asked her to pull her underpants down. "And I did too," Urbina says now, and recalls that Daniels reviewed him as if he were doing a medical inspection.

After another exit the scene was repeated, but Urbina says that this time it had a sexual tone. For that lonely 14-year-old boy, what happened with Daniels felt like the beginning of a relationship. "I mean, he knew what he was giving me. Then, of course, from that point of view he had me completely tied psychologically, "he says.

At first Daniels visited him once or twice a week, even when Urbina stopped going to Sodalicio's activities. And during the nearly two years of their sexual encounters, Urbina says that Daniels never had to ask him to keep what they were doing secret. "It was not necessary," Urbina says, "talking to my mother or something like that would have been, to my best friend and the person I trusted the most, to throw it to the lions. There was no way to escape for me. "

Until suddenly, without warning, Daniels stopped visiting. After months without having news, Urbina called the house of Sodalicio where Daniels lived. The person who answered told him he had moved. Soon Urbina ran into him on a beach near Lima. Remember that Daniels "had a mad face upset," who spoke for a minute and told him he had to go. "That was the last time I talked to him."

Five years later, Urbina left Peru and would not know about Daniels until twelve years later, when he read the article with the accusations and decided to tell his story. "If I had known at that time, if I had noticed, if I had not been so blind. What do I know, so many 'if there were', "he told me that afternoon in Germany.

In February 2017, Sodalicio's website published a report that says Daniels "has been accused of sexual abuse of at least twelve young men", but according to witnesses, there are more victims who have not reported it. The document is the result of an investigation carried out by international experts commissioned by Alessandro Moroni, who is listed as Superior General of Sodalicio on the organization's website.

Urbina's experience is now part of an extensive list of testimonies detailing sexual, physical and psychological abuse by Sodalicio leaders. Many are registered in the book Half monks, half soldiers , written by the journalist and exsodálite Pedro Salinas and the journalist Paola Ugaz.

The book, published in 2015, is the result of five years of research. It gathers thirty testimonies pointing to Figari, retired since the end of 2010 and currently in Rome; Doig, who died in 2001, and Daniels, who according to recent reports in the Chicago Tribune , lives in the state of Illinois, in the United States. Ugaz tells that since they began their investigation, at the end of 2010, they have collected more than a hundred testimonies.

Within the Sodalicio the accusations were not new. According to the aforementioned report, a minor reported to Figari of sexual abuse in 1975, four years after Sodalicio was founded. In the following years there were more denunciations against Figari, Doig, Daniels and others. But the first articles on physical and psychological abuse did not come out until 2000, thanks to a series of columns written by the exsodálite José Enrique Escardó Steck for Gente magazine . As with the cases of the Chilean priest Fernando Karadima or the Mexican Marcial Maciel , it took decades to uncover these abuses.

In the case of Karadima, The New York Times revealed the first denunciations against him in 2010. The accusations dated back to the eighties. In February 2011, the Vatican declared the Chilean priest guilty of sexually abusing minors and ordered him to retire to a life of prayer. Five years earlier he had ordered the retirement of the Mexican Marcial Maciel, founder of the Order of the Legionaries of Christ and accused of abusing minors for decades. Maciel died in 2008.

In the case of Figari, the Vatican ordered him not to return to Peru - "except for very serious reasons" and with written permission - not to contact Sodalites and not to talk to the media. These indications are part of a letter of January 2017 addressed to Moroni, where they report on the result of an "apostolic visit" that sought to verify the accusations against the founder of Sodalicio.

In May 2016, Pedro Salinas and four ex-Sodalites sued Figari and other former leaders of the organization for crimes of kidnapping, serious injuries and conspiracy to commit a crime. The prosecutor in charge of the case questioned Figari in Rome. However, in January 2017 the prosecution filed the case alleging that there was not enough evidence and that the crimes had been prescribed.

But two months later another prosecutor reopened the case and on December 13 the Public Ministry requested nine months of preventive detention for Figari, Daniels and two other ex-leaders of Sodalicio: Virgilio Levaggi and Daniel Murguía.

The request for preventive detention was made public one month after Pope Francis visited Peru. Congressman Alberto de Belaunde, who led the creation of a special commission to investigate the Sodalicio, sent a letter to the representative of the pope in Peru requesting that the pontiff meet with the victims of the Sodalicio during his visit from January 18 to 21.

Until Monday, January 15, Belaunde's request had not received a response. But, eight days before Francisco's arrival, the Vatican announced the intervention of Sodalicio, what some have considered more a public relations maneuver than a real commitment to transform the organization.

Álvaro Urbina returned to Peru in August 2017, after thirteen years abroad. Now he works as a surf photographer on a beach north of Lima. "I went abroad to find answers," he says. "Now I'm here looking to settle my roots and help as much as possible." One of the first things he did back in Lima was to testify in the Office of the Prosecutor. "If I can help a child not to be touched by that beast, then more than happy to do so, more than happy."]

Confirman reunión reservada del Papa con víctimas de abusos sexuales por religiosos


>>Confirmed meeting of the Pope reserved with victims of sexual abuse by religious

January 16, 2018

By Alberto González

El papa Francisco se reunió este martes con un grupo de víctimas de abusos sexuales por parte de sacerdotes, según informó el portavoz del romano pontífice.

“El Santo Padre se ha reunido hoy en la Nunciatura Apostólica de Santiago de Chile, después del almuerzo, con un pequeño grupo de víctimas de abusos sexuales por parte de sacerdotes”, reza un comunicado enviado por el Vaticano.

Las víctimas “han podido contar sus sufrimientos al Papa Francisco, que les ha escuchado y ha rezado y llorado con ellos”, agrega el comunicado.

La identidad de los participantes se revelará si estos quieren hacerlo público, agregaron las fuentes del Vaticano que convocaron una conferencia de prensa para dar a conocer esta información.

[Google Translation: The Pope Francis met Tuesday with a group of victims of sexual abuse by priests, according to the spokesman of the Roman pontiff.

"The Holy Father met today at the Apostolic Nunciature of Santiago de Chile, after lunch, with a small group of victims of sexual abuse by priests," reads a statement sent by the Vatican.

The victims "have been able to tell their sufferings to Pope Francis, who has listened to them and has prayed and cried with them," the statement added.

The identity of the participants will be revealed if they want to make it public, added the Vatican sources that convened a press conference to publicize this information.

On two occasions during his first day of official visit to Chile, the Pope spoke of the "shame" and "pain" he feels for the sexual abuse perpetrated by the clergy against minors.

"I can not help but express the pain and the shame I feel at the irreparable damage caused to children by ministers of the Church," the pope said before the country's authorities in La Moneda, prompting applause from the audience.

Later, in a meeting with religious in the cathedral of Santiago, Francisco urged them to have "the courage to ask for forgiveness".

"I know that sometimes they have suffered insults in the subway or walking down the street; that being dressed as a priest in many places is paying dearly, "said the Pope, visibly worried about this issue that not only tarnishes the image of the Church, but is producing a galloping distrust of the Chileans in the institution.

In Chile, nearly 80 religious abused minors since 2000, according to a list distributed last week by the American NGO Bishop Accountability.

"It does not serve forgiveness, shame and pain if it does not come with the corresponding actions", published Juan Andrés Murillo, anti-abuse activist and one of the complainants in 2010 of the emblematic case of Fernando Karadima, when several men reported having been abused in his youth by the powerful priest, condemned by the Vatican to "a life of prayer and penance".]

Víctimas de Karadima y reunión del papa Francisco: "No fuimos invitados"


>>Victims of Karadima and meeting of Pope Francis: "We were not invited"

By Alberto González and Nicole Martinez

Las víctimas de Fernando Karadima revelaron que no fueron invitados a la reservada reunión que sostuvo el papa Francisco con víctimas de abusos sexuales por parte del clero de la iglesia Católica.

A través de una declaración conjunta, James Hamilton, Juan Andrés Murillo y Juan Carlos Cruz, se refirieron a la cita privada que sostuvo el obispo de Roma con un pequeño grupo de víctimas, según confirmó el vocero del Vaticano.

“Nos han contado que el Papa se juntó con víctimas de abusos sexuales del clero. Nos han preguntado si nosotros -James, José Andrés y Juan Carlos- estuvimos en esa reunión. No, no fuimos invitados”, indicaron.

[Google Translation: The victims of Fernando Karadima revealed that they were not invited to the reserved meeting held by Pope Francis with victims of sexual abuse by the clergy of the Catholic Church.

Through a joint statement, James Hamilton, Juan Andrés Murillo and Juan Carlos Cruz, referred to the private appointment held by the Bishop of Rome with a small group of victims, as confirmed by the Vatican spokesman.

"We have been told that the Pope met with victims of sexual abuse by the clergy. They asked us if we -James, José Andrés and Juan Carlos- were in that meeting. No, we were not invited, "they said.

However, they valued the meeting of the Roman Pontiff with the victims, although they warned that the important thing is for the Church to take action on the issue.

"We appreciate that those victims who met with the Pope had a direct word from the highest authority of the Catholic Church," they said.

Recall that as confirmed by the Vatican, the identities of the people who participated in the meeting will be kept in reserve by the Church, so it is unknown who participated in the meeting.

However, the victims of Karadima would not be the only ones to suffer abuses by religious in our country. According to a list distributed last week by the American NGO Bishop Accountability, nearly 80 religious abused minors since 2000.

"We hope that the words to those victims, are not all that is done. And concrete actions are taken that punish those responsible for all the victims and establish the justice that should and should have in each of the cases. This includes removing cover-up bishops and appointments that facilitate the escape of a victimizer from the action of justice, "they added.

"We are convinced that all the victims who went through this hell, hope that all concrete measures are taken so that these crimes against humanity never happen again," they concluded.]

No basta solo pedir perdón

La República

>>It is not enough to just ask for forgiveness

January 17, 2018

By Augusto Álvarez Rodrich

La iglesia frente a sacerdotes y religiosos que son pedófilos.

Algo incorrecto ocurre en la iglesia católica cuando un pedido de perdón del papa Francisco por los graves casos de pedofilia de sacerdotes se vuelve noticia.

“No puedo dejar de manifestar el dolor y la vergüenza que siento ante el daño irreparable causado a niños por parte de ministros de la iglesia. Sé que es justo pedir perdón y apoyar a las víctimas, además estamos empeñados para que no se vuelva a repetir”, dijo ayer en Chile, donde la iglesia católica sufre un severo desprestigio por los abusos sexuales que han generado más de 80 denuncias.

Pero peor fue el blindaje a sacerdotes involucrados en pedofilia por parte del Vaticano expresado en que Francisco designó como obispo de Osorno a Juan Barros, alguien a quien las víctimas de los abusos señalan como muy cercano a ese monstruo eclesiástico de Fernando Karadima.

En el Perú tenemos un problema parecido: los abusos sexuales y psicológicos realizados en el Sodalicio de Vida Cristiana, ante los cuales el arzobispado de Lima no actuó con la diligencia requerida, lo cual generó una demanda al cardenal Juan Luis Cipriani ante el Ministerio Público.

Sin embargo, estas denuncias fueron imposibles de negar cuando apareció Mitad monjes, mitad soldados, de Pedro Salinas y Paola Ugaz.

[Google Translation: The church in front of priests and religious who are pedophiles.

Something wrong happens in the Catholic Church when a request for forgiveness from Pope Francis for the serious cases of pedophilia of priests becomes news.

"I can not help but express the pain and shame I feel at the irreparable damage inflicted on children by church ministers. I know it is fair to ask for forgiveness and support the victims, and we are committed so that it does not happen again, "he said yesterday in Chile, where the Catholic Church suffers a severe loss of prestige for the sexual abuse that has generated more than 80 complaints.

But worse was the shielding of priests involved in pedophilia on the part of the Vatican, expressed in that Francisco designated as bishop of Osorno Juan Barros, someone whom the victims of the abuses point out as very close to that ecclesiastical monster of Fernando Karadima.

In Peru we have a similar problem: the sexual and psychological abuses carried out in the Sodalicio de Vida Cristiana, before which the archbishopric of Lima did not act with the required diligence, which generated a demand to Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani before the Public Ministry.

However, these denunciations were impossible to deny when Mitad monks appeared, half soldiers, of Pedro Salinas and Paola Ugaz.

The judicial case has advanced but not enough. Although he did it a few days before Francisco's visit to Peru, the Vatican has done well to order Sodalicio's intervention.

What, however, remains unprecedented is the shielding of the Vatican to that defendant of pedophilia with very solid evidence that is the founder of Sodalicio Luis Fernando Figari.

Last year, the Vatican decided that Figari should remain in Italy and not return to Peru. The problem is that the Peruvian justice requires it to prosecute him for serious crimes.

For the Pope's requests for forgiveness to make real sense, the Vatican must contribute to putting priests and religious accused of rape in justice instead of covering them up.

Cover-up that includes the Peruvian political sector expressed in the outrageous support of Fuerza Popular to the rapists of the Sodalicio.

And that must reach all cases. From the Sodalicio linked to the right, to the left as those of the Héctor de Cárdenas school.

93% of Peruvians surveyed by Ipsos believe that Pope Francis should have a position of greater condemnation with priests and religious who have committed abuses against minors. I hope that Pope Francis will do much more in Peru than just ask for forgiveness.]

Former Perth Catholic school teacher on historic child sex abuse charges

Perth Now

January 16, 2018

A former teacher at two Perth Catholic colleges is facing historic child sex abuse charges dating back as far as 1979.

The 71-year-old man has been charged with four counts of aggravated indecent assault, three counts of indecent dealing of a child and one of indecently assaulting a man.

The allegations stem from the Royal Commission into institutional responses to child sexual offences.

The first offences allegedly occurred in 1979 when the man was a teacher at a Catholic school in Bedford.

Police allege the man indecently assaulted a boy three times, twice when he was 13 years old and once when the boy had turned 14.

It is also alleged that between 1986 and 1987, the man sexually assaulted a boy who was 13 years old at the time of the first offence.

Carolyn Bennett asks Catholic groups to allow residential school survivors to have documents outlining abuse made public

Globe and Mail

January 15, 2018

By Gloria Galloway

The federal government is urging Catholic groups that ran Indian residential schools to allow former students who settled their abuse cases before a compensation deal was signed with school survivors to file their court documents with the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation.

Justice Department lawyers say permission from both the government and the Catholic entities is required before abuse survivors who launched court cases before 2006, when the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement (IRSSA) was struck, can house papers related to their cases at the centre in Winnipeg that is chronicling the schools' tragic legacy.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in December the government will waive the privilege it asserts over the records pertaining to the lawsuit launched by Angela Shisheesh for the hardships she endured at the infamous St. Anne's Residential School in Fort Albany, Ont., where former students say they were tortured in a makeshift electric chair and forced to eat their own vomit.

Carolyn Bennett, the Minister for Crown-Indigenous Relations, has written a letter that is being sent to the roughly 50 Catholic entities that ran the schools asking them to do the same for everyone in Ms. Shisheesh's situation – essentially requesting that the Church allow more documents detailing the abuse suffered by the students to be made public.

Leadership style, a comparison between Dr. King and Pope Francis

National Catholic Reporter

January 16, 2018

By Ken Briggs

Martin Luther King Jr.'s words left an indelible mark on our eyes and our ears. Nothing but the Gettysburg Address is so imprinted on the scroll of American history than the "I Have a Dream" speech, to cite only the most incandescent of his exhortations. That legacy also bolsters the case for Providence. If he had preached earlier or later in the century, his eloquence and charisma might have been limited by circumstance. One could argue that he appeared on stage at just the right time, now unimaginable at any other.

As it happened, Dr. King delivered his soaring message as television coverage was ramping up its McLuhan-esque "medium is message" magic of immensely powerful, enigmatic impact. Its scope ballooned to national and international dimensions. A decade or two earlier, he would have been limited principally to radio and movie theater film clips. His influence would surely have been felt, but his suddenly emergence as a major figure in the cultural and political realm would likely have needed much more time to ripen. And the time for such a prophet and activist was ripe right then.

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Remembering Dr. King reminds me of Pope Francis' style of leadership. He is a compassionate prophet full of pleas for the poor, the victims of brutality, the visionaries of a kinder, gentler church and the welfare of suffering human kind in general. In that, he reflects a loving, self-less posture that sends a clear message no less profound than Dr. King's. So far, though, nearly five years into his papacy, he has not appeared at the barricades or directed the church to place its assets, its personnel or its ethical partisanship behind any social or political efforts to shift power away from the tyranny of wealth and oppression, except very indirectly.

Pope John Paul II (be careful what you wish for) gained stature by aiding the particular force, solidarity, to gain success over communism. He deputized then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger to run followers of liberation theology out of town. Those kinds of actions probably contributed more than anything else to the "Great" designation tacked on to his memorial. By no means does that require Francis to follow similar strategies, but he might translate some of his wise words into actions that give form to them.

German diocese of Trier to pay €450,000 to church abuse victims

Deutsche Welle

January 15, 2018

By David Martin

The Trier diocese has agreed to pay out almost half-a-million euro to abuse victims. The gesture comes eight years after the Catholic Church in Germany was rocked by reports of sexual abuse going back decades.

The Trier diocese — one of the oldest Roman Catholic parishes in Germany — announced on Monday it was paying €453,000 to 90 victims who suffered abuse at the hands of the Catholic Church.

Judith Rupp, a spokeswoman for the diocese, said the victims had received "material benefit in recognition of their suffering." Altogether, 135 alleged victims had initially applied for compensation.

Rupp also stressed that the money would not come from the church tax - a monthly fee paid by Germans who register themselves with the state as Roman Catholic - but solely by the diocese itself.

Abuse survivor confronts gymnastics doctor: ‘I have been coming for you for a long time’

Washington Post

January 17, 2018

By Kyle Swenson

Two school pictures floated side-by-side on a projection screen in the Michigan courtroom.

Both images caught the same small girl — in one, all gawky smile and bangs; the next, braces and long hair — a few years apart. Until this week, the child in the snapshots had been officially identified only as “Victim Z.A.” or “a family friend.”

But on Tuesday, Kyle Stephens, now a young woman, stepped out from the curtain of anonymity to directly address disgraced USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar before a judge in Lansing.

“I was the first to testify in this case, and worried of the attention that could come of that, I asked for complete anonymity,” Stephens explained, the pictures of her projected over her shoulder stemming from the time of her abuse. “I’m addressing you publicly today as a final step and statement to myself that I have nothing to be ashamed of.”

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“I have been coming for you for a long time,” she told Nassar, who hid his eyes beneath his hand through the testimony. “I’ve told counselors your name in hopes they would report you. I’ve told your name to Child Protective Services twice. I gave a testament to get your medical license revoked. You were first arrested on my charges. And now as the only nonmedical victim to come forward, I testify to let the world know you are a repulsive liar.”

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When she was 12 years old, thanks to news accounts of the Catholic Church priest abuse and a friend’s own story about molestation, Stephens realized what was happening. She told her parents about what Nassar had been doing to her. Her parents confronted their friend.

“Due to complex details that I won’t get into here, my parents choose to believe Larry Nassar over me,” she said. Convinced their daughter had made a false allegation against a friend, Stephens’s parents brought Nassar over to their home to speak to her. Nassar told her, “No one should ever do that, and if they do, you should tell someone,” Stephens told the court.

Pope Francis meets sex abuse victims in Chile


January 17, 2018

Pope Francis has met a group of victims of sexual abuse by priests in Chile.

The meeting at the Vatican's mission in Santiago was "strictly private", his office said, providing no further details.

Earlier during his visit to Chile, the Pope felt "pain and shame" over the sex abuse scandal, asking the victims for forgiveness.

He has been criticised in Chile for a decision to ordain a bishop accused of covering up sexual abuse by a priest.

Francis also mentioned the issue when he said Mass for some 400,000 people in Santiago on Tuesday.

"I know the pain of these cases of child abuse and I am following how much is needed to overcome this serious and painful evil," he said.

He spoke of his sympathy with "victims and their families, who have seen their trust in ministers of the Church betrayed".

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On Monday, activists fighting for the rights of sexual abuse victims gathered in Santiago for a conference.

They launched an organisation called Ending Clerical Abuse which "seeks to stop child sexual abuse by the clergy" worldwide.

One of the activists, Juan Carlos Cruz, told the BBC: "[Saying sorry] is not sufficient for a survivor. What we want is for the Pope to take action."

Pope Francis meets with sex abuse victims in Chile

Catholic News Agency

January 16, 2018

Pope Francis met privately Tuesday with 6 victims of sexual abuse committed by priests in Chile, the papal spokesman has reported. The meeting had not been previously announced as a part of the Pope’s schedule.

"Today after lunch, the Holy Father met with a small group of victims of sexual abuse committed by priests, at the Apostolic Nunciature in Santiago. The meeting was strictly private, and there was no one else present: only the Pope and the victims. In this way, the were able to share their sufferings with Pope Francis, who listened to them, and prayed and cried with them," reported Greg Burke, director of the Vatican’s press office.

At a press conference from Santiago, Burke told reporters that the meeting lasted half an hour.

January 16, 2018

Pope meets with abuse survivors, weeps with them in Chile

Associated Press

January 16, 2018

By Peter Prengerman and Nicole Winfield

Pope Francis met on Tuesday with survivors of priests who sexually abused them, wept with them and apologized for the “irreparable damage” they suffered, his spokesman said.

The pontiff also acknowledged the “pain” of priests who have been held collectively responsible for the crimes of a few, Vatican spokesman Greg Burke told reporters at the end of the day.

Francis dove head-first into Chile’s sex abuse scandal on his first full day in Santiago that came amid unprecedented opposition to his visit: Three more churches were torched overnight, including one burned to the ground in the southern Araucania region where Francis celebrates Mass on Wednesday. Police used tear gas and water cannons to break up an anti-pope protest outside Francis’ big open-air Mass in the capital, Santiago.

Despite the incidents, huge numbers of Chileans turned out to see the pope, including an estimated 400,000 for his Mass, and he brought some inmates to tears with an emotional visit to a women’s prison.

But his meeting with abuse survivors and comments in his first speech of the day were what many Chileans, incensed by years of abuse scandal and cover-up, were waiting for.

Tens of thousands of jubilant Chileans turned out in droves for Pope Francis’ first public Mass, a huge gathering in the capital’s O’Higgins Park. Demonstrators marching against poverty clashed with riot police as they attempted to reach the celebration. (Jan. 16)

Burke said Francis met with a small group of abuse victims after lunch, listening to their stories and praying with them. The spokesman gave no details, other than to say the pope “listened to them, prayed with them and wept with them.”

Pope meets victims of child sexual abuse in Chile, 'cries with them'


By Philip Pullella and Dave Sherwood

Pope Francis publicly expressed “pain and shame” on Tuesday over the rape and molestation of children by priests in Chile and later listened, prayed and cried at a private meeting with victims.

Vatican spokesman Greg Burke said the meeting took place in the Vatican embassy in Santiago.

“No one else was present. Only the pope and the victims,” the spokesman said. “This was so they could speak of their suffering to Pope Francis, who listened to them and prayed and cried with them.”

It was only the second time on his overseas trips that the pope has met victims of sexual abuse, although he has met some at the Vatican. The last meeting on a trip was in Philadelphia in 2015.

Burke declined to give details, but his statement came at the end of an intense day for the pope, during which he spoke of sexual abuse twice, once asking forgiveness for abuses he said had done “irreparable damage” to victims.

The Argentine pontiff made his first remarks at the presidential palace, La Moneda, an unusual choice because the pope usually talks about sexual abuse to Church leaders and not politicians.

But the scandal has gripped the nation, prompting many politicians to criticizes the Church in the staunchly Catholic country, where the crisis has scarred its credibility.

'Child Victims Act' would bring hidden predators to justice

Poughkeepsie Journal

January 16, 2018

By Kathryn Robb

When I first heard the claims of child sexual abuse against Alabama’s disgraced former Senate candidate Roy Moore, I was sick to my stomach. But as a long-time advocate and abuse survivor, I was not surprised that such a predator was able to remain hidden in plain sight for so long.

Despite the national conversation turning to rampant, and previously unreported, sexual abuse, New Yorkers still live in a state with laws that diminish victims and protect predators. In fact, New York is one of the worst states to be a victim of child sexual abuse, on par with Alabama.

New York has among the most restrictive statute of limitations for child sexual abuse crimes – barring most victims in Dutchess County and across the state from taking their abuser to court after they turn 23 years old. For most victims, it takes decades to report sexual abuse from their childhood, and the current statute of limitations means many who come forward are still denied their day in court.

Obispo encubridor de pederastas estuvo en misa del Papa

El Comercio

>>Bishop hiding pedophiles was at Mass of the Pope

January 16, 2018

Varios han mostrado su indignación al ver al obispo Juan Barros en la misa en donde el Sumo Pontífice manifestó "dolor" y "vergüenza" por el "daño irreparable" causado a los niños por sacerdotes pedófilos

El papa Francisco manifestó en su primera misa en Chile "dolor" y "vergüenza" por el "daño irreparable" causado a los niños por sacerdotes pedófilos. Pero gran parte del pueblo chileno está indignado.

Varios han mostrado su indignación al ver imágenes que circularon en las redes sociales en las que se observa al obispo Juan Barros, señalado como encubridor de un caso sobre pederastia, en la misa.

[Google Translation: Several have shown their outrage at seeing Bishop Juan Barros at the mass where the Supreme Pontiff expressed "pain" and "shame" for the "irreparable damage" caused to children by pedophile priests

The Pope Francis said in his first Mass in Chile "grief" and "embarrassed" by the "irreparable damage" caused to children by pedophile priests. But a large part of the Chilean people are outraged.

Several have shown their indignation when seeing images that circulated in the social networks in which Bishop Juan Barros is observed , indicated as a cover-up of a case on pedophilia, in the mass.

Barros co officiated the mass with Francisco, unleashing anger on Twitter. "The Pope asks for forgiveness, but Karadima's concealer is at the O'Higgins Park mass, while the victims did not want to receive them," says Víctor Pacheco in a tweet.

"If the Pope leaves Chile without the commitment to investigate the complicity of the leaders of the Church, distrust with the Church is going to worsen," says Anne Barrett Doyle, co-director of BishopAccountability in a statement.

Juan Barros took office amid controversy and protests for his closeness to priest Fernando Karadima. He has been consistently classified as the "concealer" of the condemned for sexual abuse of minors.

The Pope has arrived in the most critical country in Latin America with the Catholic Church and in full social change: he has just approved the therapeutic abortion and is filing homosexual marriage in the Parliament after the adoption of the civil union of same-sex couples and the one gender identity law.

The pontiff's agenda in Santiago also highlights a visit to a women's prison, a meeting with religious in the Cathedral of Santiago, which is expected to talk about sexual abuse, a private visit to the sanctuary of San Alberto Hurtado and a meeting with young people.]

Anne Barrett-Doyle: "Cuando un obispo chileno pase un día en la cárcel, van a haber cambios en la iglesia chilena"


>>Anne Barrett-Doyle: "When a Chilean bishop spends a day in jail, there will be changes in the Chilean church"

January 15, 2018

By Cristian Aránguiz

La experta estadounidense es una de las voces más autorizadas a nivel mundial en casos de abusos sexuales dentro de la iglesia católica. Ha apoyado importantes investigaciones, como las que se realizaron sobre el Arzobispado de Boston y que hicieron renunciar al poderoso cardenal Bernard Law, lo que años después daría origen a la premiada película “Spotlight”. Hoy, con la llegada a suelo chileno de la máxima autoridad de la Iglesia Católica, Barrett-Doyle le hace un llamado al Papa a dar respuestas a las víctimas de las violaciones y a reflexionar sobre las actitudes de las autoridades locales que protegen a los agresores.

Bishop Accountability es una ONG de origen estadounidense que recopila información global sobre miembros de la Iglesia Católica acusados de abuso sexual o violación de menores. En medio de la visita papal a Chile, la sede de la Fundación para la Confianza sirvió como comando central para que Anne Barrett-Doyle, líder de Bishop Accountability, entregara de manera pública los antecedentes que han recopilado sobre sacerdotes o miembros de la Iglesia Católica chilena acusados de realizar abusos sexuales o violaciones en contra de menores de edad.

La lista íntegra se encuentra, para su revisión, en el sitio https://www.bishop-accountability.org, donde se consignan 79 casos nacionales.

[Google Translation: "The Chilean government needs to carry out criminal investigations in the Catholic Church, to do that perhaps you start by creating laws that would enable them to persecute institutions like the Church or people within it," the expert said of what the Catholic Church should do. Chilean state to be able to sanction new abuses.

The American expert is one of the most authoritative voices in the world in cases of sexual abuse within the Catholic Church. He has supported important investigations, such as those that were carried out on the Archbishopric of Boston and that made renounce the powerful Cardinal Bernard Law, which years later would give rise to the award-winning film "Spotlight". Today, with the arrival on Chilean soil of the highest authority of the Catholic Church, Barrett-Doyle calls on the Pope to give answers to the victims of the violations and to reflect on the attitudes of the local authorities that protect the aggressors.

Bishop Accountability is an American-born NGO that collects global information about members of the Catholic Church accused of sexual abuse or rape of minors. In the midst of the papal visit to Chile, the headquarters of the Foundation for Trust served as a central command for Anne Barrett-Doyle, leader of Bishop Accountability, to publicly release the background they have gathered about priests or members of the Catholic Church. Chilean women accused of carrying out sexual abuse or rape against minors.

The full list is available for review at https://www.bishop-accountability.org , where 79 national cases are recorded.

Q. What actions should be taken to avoid the concealment of sexual aggressors, either from civil society or within the clergy?

A. From the interior of the church there must be a law so that any bishop or anyone who knows of any abuse, must report them immediately and safely. But we believe that the real answer comes from outside the church, from secular organizations, from the prosecutors of justice who are the ones who should and can get involved to solve. When a Chilean bishop spends a day in jail, there will be changes in the Chilean church.

Q. Have the necessary measures been taken today, from the Vatican headquarters, to prevent sexual abuse by its officials?

A. I do not think so. Today the Vatican does not yet have a policy of zero tolerance for abuse. But not only that, but it promotes those people to better positions, like what is happening here in Chile.

Q. Pope Francis announced a policy of zero tolerance, has it been fulfilled?

A. Pope Francis has promised "zero tolerance" for the crimes of abusers or sexual harassers. He has said that the protection of minors is the highest priority for the Catholic Church, but here in Chile the bishops and higher authorities do not follow that promise.

Q. What policy, then, has the Chilean church maintained in cases of abuse?

A. A bit unclear and in some cases keeps priests accused of sexual abuse in practice. In fact, at least two of the priests who appear in our base convicted on civil charges have been reinstated to the ecclesiastical exercise. Chilean bishops are unusual because they openly violate the standards of care and protections established by Pope Francis.

Q. Then, Pope Francis arrives in a country where his measures have not been met?

A. Clearly, the Vatican institution has shown itself in favor of bishops like Juan Barros, and former Monsignor Errázuriz, who have been accomplices, in some way, with the Karadima case and would normally be careful to say so, but there are documents and testimonies that establish These men are not fit to hold positions within the Church. If the Pope really wants to apply "zero tolerance" measures, he has to start by disciplining Church leaders who have put children in danger.

Q. What analysis do you make about the Chilean government's actions on this matter?

A. The Chilean government needs to carry out criminal investigations in the Catholic Church. To do that perhaps should start to create laws that enable it to persecute institutions such as the Church or people within it.]

Obispo Barros Tras Participar en Homilía del Papa: “Se Han Dicho Muchas Mentiras Respecto de lo Mío”

La Nación

>>Bishop Barros After Participating in the Pope's Homily: "Many Lies Have Been Told about My Situation"

January 16, 2018

By Rodrigo Pérez Maldonado

Pese a las diversas protestas organizadas en su contra, el obispo de Osorno (acusado de encubrir los crímenes de Fernando Karadima) acompañó al sumo pontífice.

Sin duda la gran polémica de las últimas horas a nivel nacional ha sido la presencia del obispo Juan Barros en la homilía del Papa Francisco. Pese a las distintas protestas que se organizaron en su contra, el obispo de Osorno -acusado de encubrir los crímenes de Fernando Karadima- acompañó al sumo pontífice.

A su salida del Parque O’Higgins, recinto en que se llevó a cabo la multitudinaria misa, la autoridad eclesiástica fue abordada por medios de prensa y fue enfático en sus declaraciones. “Se han dicho muchas mentiras respecto de lo mío”, remarcó, agregando que “la verdad es muy importante y la verdad es lo que tiene que primar”.

De igual modo, expresó que se sintió “sorprendido” por la carta de 2015 -conocida la semana pasada- donde el papa sugería que tomara un período sabático.

Barros dijo además que “mucha gente reza por mí y me manda mucho cariño“. En tanto, consultado sobre la visita del sumo pontífice, indicó que “el papa es grandísimo y su visita es de un provecho enorme. El papa ha sido muy afectuoso conmigo”.

Luego de estas declaraciones, surgieron diversas reacciones. El periodista Juan Carlos Cruz, una de las víctimas de Karadima, escribió en su cuenta de Twitter: “El Papa pide perdón por abusos en La Moneda. Otro buen titular que saca aplauso y ahí se queda. Otro titular barato. Basta de perdones y más acciones. Los obispos encubridores ahí siguen. Palabras vacías. Dolor y vergüenza es lo que sienten las víctimas”.

Por su parte, Rolando Jiménez, vocero del Movilh, subió el siguiente mensaje: “Papa pide perdón por abusos y en Parque O´Higgins está el protector de Karadima nombrado Obispo por este mismo Papa. Coherente ¿no?”.

También Marta Larraechea, esposa del ex Presidente Eduardo Frei Ruiz-Tagle, criticó al pontífice en su cuenta de Twitter: “Barros participa de la ceremonia en Parque O’Higgins, qué vergüenza. ¿De qué pide ‘disculpas’ el Papa? No le creo nada, dice una cosa y hace otra”.

[Google Translation: Despite the various protests organized against him, the Bishop of Osorno (accused of covering up the crimes of Fernando Karadima) accompanied the Supreme Pontiff.

No doubt the great controversy of the last hours at the national level has been the presence of Bishop Juan Barros in the homily of Pope Francis. Despite the various protests organized against him, the Bishop of Osorno - accused of covering up the crimes of Fernando Karadima - accompanied the Supreme Pontiff.

On leaving the O'Higgins Park, where the mass was held, the ecclesiastical authority was approached by the press and emphatic in its statements. "Many lies have been said about my own," he said , adding that "the truth is very important and the truth is what has to prevail."

Similarly, he said he was "surprised" by the letter of 2015 - known last week - where the pope suggested he take a sabbatical.

Barros also said that "many people pray for me and send me a lot of love ." Meanwhile, consulted about the visit of the Supreme Pontiff, he indicated that "the Pope is great and his visit is of enormous benefit. The Pope has been very affectionate with me. "

After these statements, various reactions emerged. The journalist Juan Carlos Cruz, one of the victims of Karadima , wrote on his Twitter account: "The Pope apologizes for abuses in La Moneda. Another good owner who gets applause and stays there. Another cheap holder. Enough of forgiveness and more actions. The hiding bishops there follow. Empty words. Pain and shame is what the victims feel. "

For his part, Rolando Jiménez , Movilh spokesman, uploaded the following message: "Pope apologizes for abuses and in Park O'Higgins is the protector of Karadima appointed Bishop by this same Pope. Coherent, right? "

Also Marta Larraechea , wife of former President Eduardo Frei Ruiz-Tagle, criticized the pontiff on his Twitter account: "Barros participates in the ceremony at Parque O'Higgins, what a shame. What does the Pope "apologize" for? I do not believe anything, says one thing and does another. " ]

Berríos y Puga rechazan presencia de Juan Barros en misa papal


>>Berrios and Puga reject the presence of Juan Barros in papal mass

January 16, 2018

By Paula Campos

Justo cuando la transmisión oficial captó la presencia del obispo Juan Barros en la misa del Parque O´Higgins, se iniciaron las críticas por la permanencia del sacerdote en su cargo y su presencia en la misa papal.

Antes de que el Papa Francisco arribara al país distintas voces cercanas a la iglesia católica insistieron en la necesidad de que Juan Barros, obispo de Osorno, abandonara su cargo para no ser una mancha en el viaje apostólico iniciado este lunes 15 de enero. Sin embargo, aquello no ocurrió.

Desde su nombramiento, en enero de 2015, el obispo de la Diócesis de Osorno se ha visto envuelto en polémicas, todas apuntando al presunto encubrimiento de abusos sexuales y su cercanía con Fernando Karadima, sacerdote condenado canónicamente por cometer estos delitos contra menores.

Exactos dos años después de su nombramiento y luego de innumerables acciones encabezadas por un grupo de laicos de la sureña ciudad, el sacerdote asistió a la misa masiva del Parque O´Higgins, haciendo uso de su derecho por ser obispo titular, compartiendo suelo con aquellos que públicamente han pedido su salida.

[Google Translation: Just when the official transmission captured the presence of Bishop Juan Barros at the O'Higgins Park mass, criticisms were initiated for the priest's continued presence and his presence at the papal mass.

Before Pope Francis arrived in the country, several voices close to the Catholic Church insisted on the need for Juan Barros, bishop of Osorno, to leave his post so as not to be a stain on the apostolic journey begun on Monday, January 15. However, that did not happen.

Since his appointment in January 2015, the bishop of the Diocese of Osorno has been embroiled in controversy, all pointing to the alleged cover-up of sexual abuse and his closeness to Fernando Karadima, a canonically condemned priest for committing these crimes against minors.

Exactly two years after his appointment and after innumerable actions led by a group of laity from the southern city, the priest attended the massive mass of the O'Higgins Park, making use of his right to be titular bishop, sharing soil with those who have publicly asked for his departure.

Immediately the first reactions were generated, which pointed to the impertinence of his presence in the esplanade of the capital meeting center; also his explanations: "Many lies have been said about my own," Barros said when he was dismissed from the mass, when he was approached by a group of journalists. The bishop accused of covering up Fernando Karadima added that "the truth is what is important. And the truth is what has to prevail. "

Mariano Puga, one of the "workers' priests" who is now a parish priest in Villa Francia, joined the protests of the parishioners, rejecting the permanence of Barros in his position. "Neither left-handers, nor fools" said the posters with which the laity responded to what Francisco I once pointed out to them when he ratified the questioned Juan Barros.

The Jesuit Felipe Berrios openly criticized the presence of the prelate in the Park: "He should have had dignity," he said adding that his presence leaves a wound in the apostolic journey. "Leave the Pope in a difficult situation. It is violent for many people who are there. It violates me because it contradicts everything he said in Papa in La Moneda, "he said, referring to the pardon that the Supreme Pontiff asked for all cases of pedophilia carried out by the Chilean church.

In conversation with the Semáforo program, Álvaro Ramis, a theologian and doctor in Philosophy, recalled the controversy generated after the letter that Francisco himself wrote in 2015 was published. In the letter, the Pope shared with the nuncio Ivo Scapolo his determination to remove Barros and two other bishops from their positions, to leave the Chilean Catholic Church in a better position in relation to its parishioners, a plan that was rendered ineffective. appear by action of the Holy One's envoy to Chile.

The presence of Barros in mass mass is already commented on internationally. Neighboring countries pick up the annoyance and surprise at the presence of the Bishop at the Mass, right after the speech offered by the Pope in La Moneda.]

Barros, entre la renuncia y la rehabilitación

La Tercera

>>Barros, between renunciation and rehabilitation

January 16, 2018

By Juan Paulo Iglesias

La presencia del obispo de Osorno en los actos del Parque O’Higgins despertó dudas y polémicas. Para el biógrafo de Francisco lo que se vio fue la “rehabilitación del obispo Barros”.

“No será una visita simple”, dijo el secretario de Estado vaticano, Pietro Parolin, antes de embarcarse hacia Chile junto al Papa. Y los sucesos del segundo día de actividades lo dejaron claro, aunque fue otro tema el que concentró la atención de muchos vaticanistas que acompañan al Papa, más allá del pedido de perdón de Francisco por los abusos y el fuerte mensaje al clero que pronunció en la catedral: la situación del obispo de Osorno, Juan Barros.

La presencia del prelado en la misa que ofició el Pontífice sólo minutos después de su primer discurso en el Palacio de La Moneda fue el tema de varios medios especializados que cubren la visita y comentario obligado en la sala de prensa. Para el periodista Joshua McElwee, del National Catholic Reporter, la situación del prelado y la molestia contra Iglesia generó “una atmósfera en Santiago que no se había observado en ninguno de los otros 21 viajes” de Jorge Mario Bergoglio al extranjero en sus casi cinco años de Pontificado.

[Google Translation: The presence of the Bishop of Osorno in the acts of O'Higgins Park aroused doubts and controversy. For Francisco's biographer what was seen was the "rehabilitation of Bishop Barros."

"It will not be a simple visit," said the Vatican secretary of state, Pietro Parolin, before embarking to Chile with the Pope. And the events of the second day of activities made it clear, although it was another issue that focused the attention of many Vaticanists accompanying the Pope, beyond the request for forgiveness of Francisco for the abuses and the strong message to the clergy that he delivered in the Cathedral: the situation of the Bishop of Osorno, Juan Barros.

The presence of the prelate in the Mass that the Pontiff officiated just minutes after his first speech at the Palace of La Moneda was the subject of several specialized media that cover the visit and forced comment in the press room. For the journalist Joshua McElwee, of the National Catholic Reporter, the situation of the prelate and the annoyance against the Church generated "an atmosphere in Santiago that had not been observed in any of the other 21 trips" of Jorge Mario Bergoglio abroad in his almost five years of Pontificate.

The letter of the Pope revealed only days before his arrival in Santiago and where he expressed to the Chilean bishops his concern for the subject - and whose content has not been denied by the Holy See - only came to feed more the climate of tension that has surrounded the situation. For the Vaticanista of the newspaper La Stampa, Andrea Tornielli, and one of the veterans of the papal trips, the document of 2015 reveals that the Pope had another idea and was well aware of the problem. "But it is also clear that the Pope can not remove a bishop just because people say so," adds Tornielli, although "I believe that a man of faith would have to think about the good of his faithful and the diocese and that if he represents a matter of resistance, of division, I would have to recognize it and say I'm going for a year, two years, until the tension subsides. "

However, other Vaticanists differ from Tornielli and claim that it is Francisco himself who is determined to keep it. "I think the plan has been to show that Barros is a bishop like the others," says Pope biographer and founder of Catholic Voices, Austen Ivereigh, because according to him, "the Pope believes in his innocence." "It was important for the Pope that Barros was present at today's events and that he appear as one more bishop," adds the British journalist.

Ivereigh goes even further: "I think that this fact, together with the fact that Bishop Barros gave several interviews, makes him consider what happened as the rehabilitation of Monsignor Barros." In the same line of Ivereigh, other Vaticanists say that it is the Pontiff himself and not Barros who has shown a harder position for the prelate to continue in Osorno. For Tornielli, however, considering the consequences that the case has had and the situation in which the Chilean Church finds itself, "what would be needed would be a minimum of ecclesial awareness and knowing that none is indispensable (...). Humility would be the key to solving the case of Barros. "]

Lawsuit dismissed against late priest, former Notre Dame principal


January 15, 2018

By Claire Kowalick

A lawsuit was dismissed by District Judge David Evans in Tarrant County related to charges of sexual abuse by a now-deceased priest and a former principal of Notre Dame Middle/High School.

In March 2015, Jason Lloyd Montgomery filed the suit against the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth and Bishop Michael F. Olson, claiming he was sexually abused by the late Rev. John Sutton when he was a Notre Dame student in 1990-1992.

He later amended the suit adding a claim that the school’s principal at the time, Ron Staley, also sexually abused him.

The Fort Worth Diocese released a statement Wednesday saying they investigated the allegations and found no evidence to support the claims made in the lawsuit.

No other allegations of sexual misconduct have been made against Sutton or Staley

Byrnes closes theological institute

Pacific Daily News

January 16, 2018

By Haidee V. Eugenio

A theological institute that the Neocatechumenal Way used to operate has officially closed, a week after the movement's former seminary also closed.

Both facilities operated in the Archdiocese of Agana's property that used to be the Accion Hotel in Yona. The Yona property is one of 41 assets that the archdiocese said could be sold to help settle the now more than 150 Guam clergy sex abuse lawsuits filed against the archdiocese.

Archbishop Michael Jude Byrnes signed a decree officially ceasing the operations of the Blessed Diego Luis de San Vitores Catholic Theological Institute for Oceania, effective Jan. 9.

Byrnes said the decision came after a committee review of the institute's nature of inception and operation, the model for which is not sustainable for the archdiocese.

The archbishop said the decision was also in consultation with the Presbyteral Council, the College of Consultors, and the Archdiocesan Finance Council.

Pope Francis plans talks with Pinochet dictatorship victims during Chile visit

The Independent

January 11, 2018

Pope Francis is to meet with two victims of Chile's military dictatorship during his upcoming trip and is not ruling out a private encounter with victims of clerical sex abuse.

Spokesman Greg Burke made the comments while announcing details of the January 15-21 trip to Chile and Peru, Francis' 22nd foreign trip and the sixth to his home continent of South America.

The encounter with two victims of the 1973-1990 Pinochet regime will take place on January 18 in the northern city of Iquique.

Mr Burke was asked if Francis would meet with abuse victims and while he said no meeting was planned, "that doesn't mean it's impossible". He added that such meetings are best when conducted in private.

He said it was "clearly an important theme" in Chile, where the scandal has seriously hurt the Catholic Church's credibility.

Just this week, online database www.BishopAccountability.org said it had found 78 priests or members of religious orders credibly accused or convicted of abuse against minors.

The Latest: Pope meets with Chileans abused by priests

Associated Press via Washington Post

January 16, 2018

The latest on the pope’s visit to Chile (all times local):

9:10 p.m.

Pope Francis has met with a small group of Chilean victims of sex abuse by priests.

That is according to Vatican spokesman Greg Burke.

Burke told reporters that the meeting happened Tuesday at lunch. It was in the middle of the pope’s first full day in Chile, which included celebrating on outdoor Mass, meeting with the Chilean president and visiting a women’s prison.

Burke did not provide more details about the meeting victims.

Earlier in the day, Francis asked for forgiveness for the abuses committed against minors by priests.

Francis himself has been the center of controversy in Chile. In 2015, the pope appointed a bishop who had been close to the Rev. Fernando Karadima, the country’s most notorious pedophile priest.


5:40 p.m.

Pope Francis is telling Chile’s priests that sexual abuse of children not only has caused pain to the victims but also to the priests who have been held collectively responsible for the crimes of a few.

At a meeting Tuesday in Santiago’s cathedral, Francis urged priests and nuns to have the strength to ask for forgiveness for abuse and the “clear-sightedness to call reality by its name.”

Francis denounced the “weeds of evil” that had sprung up as a result of the scandal, and said he appreciated how the church was responding to it. He said the scandal was particularly painful “because of the harm and sufferings of the victims and their families, who saw the trust they had placed in the church’s ministers betrayed. Pain too for the suffering of ecclesial communities, and pain for you brothers and sisters, who after working so hard, have seen the harm that has led to suspicion and questioning; in some or many of you this has been a source of doubt, fear or lack of confidence.”

He said at times, some had even been insulted in the metro and that by wearing clerical attire they had “paid a heavy price.” But he urged them to press on.

Francis tells Chile's clergy to seek pardon for abuse and betrayed trust

National Catholic Reporter

January 16, 2018

By Joshua J. McElwee

Pope Francis has asked Chile's Catholic clergy to have the fortitude to ask forgiveness from those who were abused by priests, saying abuse survivors had their trust in the church betrayed and that clerics should seek to "call reality by its name."

But the pontiff also acknowledged the discomfort experienced by priests not caught up in the scandal, telling hundreds of clergy gathered for a meeting Jan. 16 at Santiago's Cathedral of the Assumption he knows they operate now in an atmosphere of suspicion.

"I know the pain resulting from cases of abuse and I am attentive to what you are doing to respond to this great and painful evil," Francis told the clergy, before listing several of types of pain caused by the abuse.

* * *

One of the organizers of the leading Catholic clergy sexual abuse tracking website called Francis' comments to the clergy Jan. 16 an indication that he does not understand the scope of the clergy sexual abuse crisis.

"These remarks reveal the pope’s own lack of clear-sightedness," said Anne Barrett Doyle, who helps run BishopAccountability.org. "The 'reality' that he should call by its name is the reality of collusion, apathy and cowardice among priests."

"The pope could have delivered a very different message," said Barrett Doyle. "He could have urged priests to face their own complicity in the secrecy that shrouds clergy sex abuse."

"This is another missed opportunity, another indication that Pope Francis still doesn’t get it," she said.

In Chile, Pope Francis Apologizes for ‘Irreparable Damage’ Caused by Sexual Abuse

New York Times

January 16, 2018

By Ernesto Londoño

Pope Francis said on Tuesday that he was “pained and ashamed” over the “irreparable damage” priests had inflicted on minors, as he offered Chileans an apology during his first visit to their country as pontiff.

“It is just to ask for forgiveness and to support victims with as much strength as possible, even as we take steps to ensure that this never happens again,” the pope said during an address in Santiago, Chile’s capital, attended by President Michelle Bachelet.

The remarks were the pope’s latest effort to contain the fallout from a series of sexual abuse scandals that have contributed to the decline of Catholicism in several regions, including Latin America.

But victims of sexual abuse by members of the clergy in Chile said the pope’s words rang hollow.

“It’s not the time for apologies anymore, it’s the time for action,” said Juan Carlos Cruz, a Chilean who was abused by a priest when he was a 17-year-old seminarian. “Here in Chile there are bishops who have witnessed abuse and who have covered that up and who have abused as well and they are still in their position. The pope should remove them.”

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Anne Barrett Doyle, the co-director of BishopAccountability.org, a group that tracks abuse cases in the church, said the pope’s remarks in Santiago were “strong but familiar.” Francis last year acknowledged that the church had been slow to respond to allegations of abuse and said that “pedophilia is a sickness.”

Ms. Doyle, whose group last week published a database of nearly 80 Chilean clergymen who have been accused of abuse, said she hoped the pope would commit to undertaking a sweeping investigation of past cases.

“If the pope leaves Chile without committing to investigate complicit church leaders, the public’s already deep distrust of the church will intensify,” Ms. Doyle said.

Papa Francisco en Chile: dura crítica de la esposa del ex presidente Eduadro Frei a Bergoglio: "No le creo nada"


January 16, 2018

>>Pope Francis in Chile: harsh criticism of Bergoglio from former president Eduadro Frei's wife : "I do not believe anything"

La ex primera dama reaccionó así al pedido de perdón del pontífice por los abusos a menores. Fue al advertir que en la misa de hoy participó un obispo acusado de encubrir a un pedófilo.

Una de las voces más duras este martes contra el Papa Francisco y sus palabras de recogimiento por las denuncias de pedofilia fue la de la ex Primera Dama chilena, Marta Larraechea. La mujer es la esposa del ex mandatario Eduardo Frei uno de los líderes históricos del partido Demócrata Cristiano chileno.

En un implacable mensaje en la red Twitter se sumó a los cuestionamientos al sostener sobre el Papa “no le creo nada, dice una cosa y hace otra”.

Criticó enseguida al polémico clérigo Juan Barros, señalado por ocultar estos crímenes pero que de todos modos fue ascendido por Jorge Bergoglio al cargo de obispo de Osorno. El obispo estuvo este martes en la misa que ofreció el Papa. "Barros participa de la ceremonia en Parque O’Higggins, qué vergüenza, de qué pide ‘disculpas’ el Papa “, se preguntó la ex Primera Dama.

En la misma línea se pronunció el periodista Juan Carlos Cruz, víctima de los abusos sexuales cometidos por el cura Fernando Karadima, uno de cuyos aliados principales fue justamente el obispo Barros.

[Google Translation: The former first lady reacted thus to the pontiff's request for pardon for the abuse of minors. It was when he noticed that a bishop accused of covering up a pedophile had participated in the mass today.

Photo caption: The Bishop of Osorno, Juan Barros, during the Mass of Pope Francis, this Tuesday in Santiago.

One of the toughest voices against Pope Francis on Tuesday and his words of recollection for the denunciations of pedophilia was that of the former Chilean First Lady, Marta Larraechea. The wife is the wife of former president Eduardo Frei, one of the historic leaders of the Chilean Christian Democrat Party.

In an implacable message on the Twitter network, he joined the questioning of the Pope, "I do not believe anything, he says one thing and he does another."

He immediately criticized the controversial cleric Juan Barros, who was accused of hiding these crimes but was promoted by Jorge Bergoglio to the post of Bishop of Osorno anyway . The bishop was on Tuesday at the Mass offered by the Pope. "Barros participates in the ceremony at Parque O'Higggins, what a shame, what does the Pope" apologize for ", the former First Lady asked herself.

In the same line, the journalist Juan Carlos Cruz, victim of the sexual abuses committed by the priest Fernando Karadima, one of whose main allies was just Bishop Barros, was pronounced.

"The Pope apologizes for abuses in (his speech in) La Moneda. Another good headline that takes applause and stays there. Another cheap holder. Enough of forgiveness, more actions. The hiding bishops there follow. Empty words. Pain and shame is what the victims feel, "he said in his Twitter account.

Karadima is a priest accused of numerous crimes linked to pedophilia and illicit enrichment. He was not, however, prosecuted for justice because his crimes were prescribed. In addition, the Church as the only punishment ordered him to seclude and pray and prevented him from continuing to officiate mass. But, later, images appeared where the priest showed himself presiding over these ceremonies.

In an interview with the US network CNN of Chile, the journalist said, later, that in the Vatican "they are cowards, they say this for the headlines, but when we ask them to come together and tell them our story, nothing happens. He keeps the version of people like Ricardo Ezzati (metropolitan archbishop of Santiago) or Francisco Javier Errazuriz (cardinal, archbishop emeritus of Santiago) ".

"The only thing they have done is slapping us. When we accused of being abused by the monster, he took our hands," Cruz concluded, referring to Karadima and the curia.

Barros reacted by assuring that "many lies have been said" and that he has never witnessed abuse. Cruz returned there to the charge, in statements to Tele13 Radio: "Tell me in my face, he was present, and sorry if I'm raw, when Karadima touched my genitals, when he made me kiss him and did that with others. And Juan was standing there, when he also hugged and kissed with Karadima and we saw several, "he shot.]

In Chile, pope met with protests, passion and skepticism

Associated Press via Washington Post

January 15, 2018

By Nicole Winfield and Eva Vergara

Pope Francis flew in to Chile’s capital Monday night for a visit expected to be met with protests over sexual abuse by priests and confronted by many Chileans deeply skeptical about the Roman Catholic Church.

It’s the pope’s first visit to the Andean nation of 17 million people since taking the reins of the church in 2013. It comes at a time when many Chileans are furious over Francis’ 2015 decision to appoint a bishop close to the Rev. Fernando Karadima, who the Vatican found guilty in 2011 of abusing dozens of minors over decades.

The Rev. Juan Barros, bishop of the southern city of Osorno, has always denied he knew what Karadima was doing when he was the priest’s protege, a position that many Chileans have a hard time believing.

“It’s not just time for the pope to ask for forgiveness for the abuses but also to take action,” said Juan Carlos Cruz, a victim of Karadima.

Cruz added that if it wasn’t possible to jail bad bishops, “at the very least they can be removed from their positions.”

After deplaning, Francis was greeted by President Michelle Bachelet and a band played while the two walked on a red carpet as night began to fall. The pope traveled in a black sedan to the center of the city, flanked by several cars. He then transferred to a popemobile, waving to small crowds of well-wishers who lined up along avenues.

Crowds were notably thin, particularly compared to papal visits in other Latin American countries.

“The laypersons don’t have to parrot back whatever we say”

La Stampa / Vatican Insider

January 16, 2018

By Andrea Tornielli

Francis meets the Episcopal Conference of Chile and denounces the risk of clericalism in the Chilean Church, “Let us be on guard, please, against this temptation, especially in seminaries”. As pastors “we are part of God’s people, not an élite”

In the last meeting of his first intense Chilean day (five appointments and five speeches), Pope Francis met briefly the bishops of the country in the cathedral of Santiago de Chile. A short meeting that becomes an opportunity to recall the hierarchies not to fall into clericalism and to consider themselves part of God’s people, without treating the laity as "peons" who must "parrot back whatever" bishops and priests say.

At the beginning of the meeting, the Pope greeted the world's oldest bishop, 102-year-old Bernardino Piñera Carvallo, who participated as a conciliar father in the four sessions of Vatican II.

Francis then stressed the importance of the fatherhood of the bishop with his presbyterate, "A fatherhood that neither paternalism nor authoritarianism, but a gift to be sought. Stay close to your priests, like Saint Joseph”.

He therefore called for the recovery of the conscience of "being a people", "One of the problems facing our societies today is the sense of being orphaned, the feeling of not belonging to anyone. This “postmodern” feeling can seep into us and into our clergy. We begin to think that we belong to no one; we forget that we are part of God’s holy and faithful people and that the Church is not, nor will it ever be, an élite of consecrated men and women, priests and bishops. Without this consciousness of being a people we will not be able to sustain our life, our vocation and our ministry”.

Laicos de Osorno y víctimas de Karadima se manifiestan en las cercanías de la Catedral


>>Lay of Osorno and victims of Karadima manifest in the vicinity of the Cathedral

January 16, 2018

- La agrupación osornina grita consignas contra el obispo Juan Barros.

- En tanto, víctimas del ex párroco protestan con globos negros.

Mientras el papa Francisco encabeza una liturgia para sacerdotes, religiosos, consagrados y seminaristas en la Catedral Metropolitana, algunas manifestaciones pacíficas se registran en sus inmediaciones.

En calle Compañía, un grupo de laicos de Osorno protesta en forma pacífica gritando consignas en contra del obispo de la ciudad, Juan Barros, sindicado como encubridor de los abusos cometidos por el sacerdote Fernando Karadima.

[Google Translation: The Osorno group shouts slogans against Bishop Juan Barros.

Meanwhile, victims of the former pastor protest with black balloons.

While Pope Francis leads a liturgy for priests, religious, consecrated and seminarians in the Metropolitan Cathedral , some peaceful demonstrations are recorded in its vicinity.

On Calle Compañía, a group of lay people from Osorno protest peacefully shouting slogans against the city's bishop, Juan Barros , accused of covering up abuses committed by priest Fernando Karadima .

While some of the victims of former pastor also were present in the vicinity of the capital temple demonstrating with black balloons, also rejecting the presence of Barros in papal activities.

One of Karadima's victims, journalist Juan Carlos Cruz , said he expects nothing from Pope Francisco.

"One always expects a greater gesture, but Pope Francis does not wait a long time because it is pure and nothing concrete, the time to ask for forgiveness and to talk about abuses and everything has happened a long time ago, now it is about taking concrete actions" he added.]

Papa: Veo con preocupación comunidades que quieren mostrarse más que tocar la realidad


>>Pope: I see with concern communities that want to show themselves more than touching reality

January 16, 2018

El pontífice además volvió a referirse a los abusos contra menores.

"Sigo con atención cuanto hacen para superar ese grave y doloroso mal", aseguró.

Durante la liturgia realizada en la Catedral Metropolitana con sacerdotes, religiosos, consagrados y seminaristas, el papa Francisco reiteró su "dolor" por los casos de abusos sexuales cometidos por integrantes de la iglesia en contra de menores.

En el encuentro religioso, el pontífice deslizó una crítica a ciertas comunidades "que viven arrastradas más por la desesperación de estar en cartelera, por ocupar espacios, por aparecer y mostrarse, que por remangarse y salir a tocar la realidad sufrida de nuestro pueblo fiel".

Asimismo, consideró que la Iglesia Católica vive un momento de "turbulencias".

"Conozco el dolor que han significado los casos de abusos ocurridos a menores de edad y sigo con atención cuanto hacen para superar ese grave y doloroso mal. Dolor por el daño y sufrimiento de las víctimas y sus familias, que han visto traicionada la confianza que habían puesto en los ministros de la Iglesia", dijo en la liturgia.

[Google Translation: - The pontiff also referred again to the abuses against minors.

- "I follow closely what they do to overcome this serious and painful evil," he said.

During the liturgy held in the Metropolitan Cathedral with priests, religious, consecrated and seminarians, Pope Francis reiterated his "pain" for cases of sexual abuse committed by members of the church against children.

At the religious meeting, the pontiff slipped a critique of certain communities " that live dragged more by the desperation of being on the billboard, to occupy spaces, to appear and show, to roll up and go out to touch the suffering of our faithful people" .

He also considered that the Catholic Church is experiencing a moment of "turbulence".

"I know the pain that cases of abuses have caused to minors and I follow with attention how much they do to overcome this serious and painful evil, pain for the damage and suffering of the victims and their families, who have seen the trust that has been betrayed they had put on the ministers of the Church, "he said in the liturgy.

He also expressed his sorrow for the members of the Church who have suffered the consequences of the abuses committed by some religious.

"Pain for the suffering of ecclesial communities, and pain also for you, brothers, that in addition to the wear and tear of surrender have experienced the damage caused by suspicion and questioning, which in some or many may have introduced doubt, fear and distrust, "added Francisco.

"I know that sometimes they have suffered insults in the subway or walking down the street, that going 'dressed as a priest' in many places is 'paying dearly', which is why I invite you to ask God to give us the lucidity of calling the reality by its name, the courage to ask for forgiveness and the ability to learn to listen to what He is telling us, "stressed the leader of the Catholic Church.

The pontiff arrived at the place on board the popemobile after visiting the San Joaquin Women's Penitentiary Center , where he held a meeting with more than 400 inmates.

Later he will close the day with a visit, scheduled at 7:15 p.m., to the Shrine of Father Alberto Hurtado, where he will meet with members of the Society of Jesus in Chile, a congregation of which he is a part.]

Pope Francis addresses authorities in Chile: Full text

Vatican News

January 16, 2018

By Pope Francis

We bring you the full text [translated into English] of Pope Francis' address to Chile's government authorities, civil societies, and the diplomatic corps at the La Moneda Palace, while on his Apostolic Visit to Chile.

It is a joy for me to stand once again on Latin American soil and begin this visit to Chile, this land so close to my heart, which welcomed and schooled me in my younger years. I would like my time with you also to be a moment of gratitude for that welcome. I think of a stanza of your national anthem: “How pure, Chile, are your blue skies / How pure the breezes that sweep across you / And your countryside embroidered with flowers / Is the very image of Eden”. It is a true song of praise for this land, so full of promises and challenges, but especially of hope for the future.

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The ability to listen proves most important in this nation, whose ethnic, cultural and historical diversity must be preserved from all partisan spirit or attempts at domination, and inspire instead our innate ability to replace narrow ideologies with a healthy concern for the common good (which without being communitarian will never be a good). It is necessary to listen: to listen to the unemployed, who cannot support the present, much less the future of their families. To listen to the native peoples, often forgotten, whose rights and culture need to be protected lest that part of this nation’s identity and richness be lost. To listen to the migrants who knock on the doors of this country in search of a better life, but also with the strength and the hope of helping to build a better future for all. To listen to young people and their desire for greater opportunities, especially in education, so that they can take active part in building the Chile they dream of, while at the same time shielding them from the scourge of drugs that rob the best part of their lives. To listen to the elderly with their much-needed wisdom and their particular needs. We cannot abandon them. To listen to children who look out on the world with eyes full of amazement and innocence, and expect from us concrete answers for a dignified future. Here I feel bound to express my pain and shame at the irreparable damage caused to children by some ministers of the Church. I am one with my brother bishops, for it is right to ask for forgiveness and make every effort to support the victims, even as we commit ourselves to ensuring that such things do not happen again.