Santiago, Chile, Jun 20, 2018 / 16:17 pm
The Chilean bishops' conference announced Tuesday the members of a “Listening Service” set up to welcome and guide victims of sexual abuse.
The list was published June 19 after Archbishop Scicluna of Malta and Msgr. Jordi Bertomeu, Pope Francis' envoys for the Pastoral Mission to Osorno confirmed the creation of this service in order to facilitate the process for victims.
The members of the Listening Service belong to the National Council for the Prevention of Abuse and Accompaniment of the Victims of the Chilean bishops' conference and will have as their mission “to welcome and guide” those people who could not meet with the papal envoys.
Appointed by Archbishop Scicluna, the members are Pilar Ramírez, the current coordinator of the council; Josefina Martínez; Sister Marcela Sáenz; Fr. Larry Yévenes; and Fr. David Albornoz.
“The members of the National Council who will perform this service will offer a point of contact victims can trust so they can feel supported in the process of the search for the truth with charity and justice,” the statement said.
Two local Churches in Chile also announced this week investigations into priests accused of sexual abuse.
The Diocese of Temuco made known in a June 18 statement the cases of three diocesan priests accused of the sexual abuse of minors.
Pablo Walter Isler Venegas was sanctioned October 20, 2015 for the sexual abuse of minors and was prohibited from the public exercise of the priestly ministry and pastoral work with adolescents and young people.