Chile Sex Abuse Victims Deliver Mixed Verdicts on Papal Talks


28 April 2018

After two hours with the head of the Catholic church, abuse victim Jose Andres Murillo said the pope’s apology was “not enough.”

The much-anticipated meeting with Pope Francis received mixed reviews Saturday from a group of victims who were sexually abused by a Chilean priest.

One of the three victims, James Hamilton, said he was “very satisfied” with the dialogue with the head of the Catholic church, which he described as “sincere, welcoming and enormously constructive.”

Prior to the meeting, Vatican Spokesman Greg Burke said: “Their priority is to listen to the victims, ask their forgiveness and respect the confidentiality of these conversations.”

Another victim, Jose Andres Murillo, wrote on his Twitter account: “I spoke with the Pope for two hours. In a very respectful and frank way, I expressed the importance of understanding abuse as an abuse of power and the need to take responsibility, attention and not just forgiveness.”

However, after two hours with the Catholic leader, Murillo said the pope’s apology was “not enough.”

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