In a statement Oct. 2, the Apostolic Nunciature in Chile revealed that local Bishop Marco Antonio Ordenes of Iquique is under investigation for sexual abuse.
According to the Chilean daily La Tercera, Bishop Ordenes, 47, has said he is innocent. Since the accusations were made, his poor health caused by genetic kidney condition has worsened.
The Diocese of Iquique confirmed that his health is deteriorating and that he is currently in Peru resting on doctor's orders. He is expected to return to Chile soon to continue his recovery. Because the accused is a bishop, the investigation is being carried out by the Vatican.
The nunciature added that is has “offered psychological support and assistance to those involved and has been in contact with Bishop Ordenes.”
“In response to this painful situation, the nunciature invites all to pray to the Lord that he help everyone proceed with justice and charity.”
The communications department of the Diocese of Iquique also called on the community to “intensify its prayer, to strengthen the bonds of unity and to pray to the Lord for a speedy clarification of these facts.”