Santiago, Chile, Nov 27, 2018 / 20:01 pm
The Schönstatt movement confirmed Monday that Francisco José Cox Huneeus, a former bishop who was dismissed from the clerical state last month, will return to Chile to face the civil justice system for his abuse of minors.
Cox, 84, was ordained a priest of the Schönstatt Fathers in 1961, and he has lived at the movement's headquarters in Germany since 2002, at the request of the Congregation for Bishops.
Cox's return was confirmed Nov. 26 by Fr. Patricio Moore, Chilean vice provincial superior of the institute, who also reported on Cox' health: he suffers from diabetes, controlled prostate cancer, and senile dementia.
“He underwent tests, there are 42 pages of a quite exhaustive reports. Although he has quite a few illnesses, the doctor says that he can travel to Chile and therefore we have also decided to take him back to Chile to make him available to the courts and for whatever may be required,” Moore told El Día.
“The exam says that he has senile dementia syndrome,” Moore indicated. “Not impediments, but I don't know if he's going to be able to help so much, but it's not an impediment, he can be interrogated perfectly well.”
Cox's return trip may take place in January or February 2019, after a micro-surgery on his brain. It is expected that he will be accompanied on the trip for health reasons.
Cox was born in Santiago de Chile in 1933. He was appointed Bishop of Chillán in 1974, and consecrated the following year. He served there until 1981, when he was appointed secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Family.
In 1985 he was appointed Coadjutor Archbishop of La Serena in 1985, succeeding as ordinary in 1990.