Chile: 3 Sue Over Sexual Abuse Cases

By Pascale Bonnefoy
The New York Times
September 3, 2013

Three men who say they were sexually abused as teenagers by a prominent Catholic priest filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Santiago for failing to protect them or to investigate their accusations. Juan Carlos Cruz said that he and the others who have accused the Rev. Fernando Karadima of abusing them when he headed the El Bosque parish in Santiago in the 1980s “hope to establish the responsibility of the church, which always knew what was going on and looked the other way.” In 2011, the Vatican found Rev. Karadima guilty of the abuses and ordered him to retire “to a life of prayer and penitence.” A Chilean judge dismissed criminal charges later that year because a statute of limitations had expired, but he also described the accusations as “truthful and reliable.”


















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