Times of Malta
January 30, 2018
Pope Francis sends Malta’s top cleric on special mission
Archbishop Charles Scicluna has been dispatched to Chile by Pope Francis to look into allegations against a bishop accused of covering up clergy crimes against minors there, the Vatican said on Tuesday.
A statement said Archbishop Scicluna was being dispatched after “new information” had emerged about Bishop Juan Barros of the Chilean city of Osorno.
Archbishop Scicluna is the Vatican’s top investigator on child abuse, having previously served as Promoter of Justice in the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith under the then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger.
He doggedly uncovered evidence of sexual abuse against the late founder of the conservative religious order the Legionaries of Christ during the papacy of Benedict XVI, and has a formidable reputation within the Church.
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