Chilean abuse scandal

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Fernando Karadima

Fernando Karadima, former priest whose sex abuse scandal rocked Chile, dead at 90

Jul 26, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

Fernando Karadima, an influential former priest in Chile whose sexual abuse of minors prompted major questions about episcopal cover-ups, has... Read more

Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati, former archbishop of Santiago de Chile.

Pope Francis accepts resignation of Chilean cardinal accused of cover-up

Mar 23, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis Saturday accepted the resignation of the Archbishop of Santiago de Chile, Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati Andrello, who has faced... Read more

Pope Francis at a General Audience in Rome, June 2018.

Pope laicizes two Chilean bishops for sexual abuse of minors

Oct 15, 2018

Pope Francis has officially expelled two Chilean bishops from the clerical state. Both men were accused of sexual abuse of... Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience Jan. 31, 2018.

Francis continues to watch abuse response in Chile, Vatican says

Aug 11, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis held a meeting on the abuse scandal in Chile and will continue to follow the actions of the... Read more

Archbishop Charles Scicluna (L) and Msgr Jordi Bertomeu at a press conference at the Catholic University of Chile on June 13, 2018.

Papal investigators meet with laity, priests and religious of Osorno

Jun 15, 2018

By Elise Harris

As part of their special mission to help bring healing to the troubled Chilean diocese of Osorno, Archbishop Charles Scicluna... Read more

Presidential flag of Chile in St. Damasso Court, Vatican City during the President of Chile, Michelle Bachelet's visit to Vatican City on June 5, 2015.

Police in Chile raid church offices during sex abuse investigation

Jun 14, 2018

Authorities raided Catholic church offices in Chile on Wednesday in an effort to obtain documents relating to the recent sex... Read more

Archbishop Charles Scicluna.

In Osorno, Pope's investigators offer legal advice on responding to abuse

Jun 12, 2018

By Elise Harris

The archbishop tasked with investigating the Chilean clerical abuse crisis said the main objective of his visit to the diocese... Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience on May 22, 2015.

Full text of Pope Francis' letter to the Church in Chile

Jun 5, 2018

In a letter to Catholics in Chile on May 31, Pope Francis said he is ashamed of the Church's failure... Read more

Pope Francis, January 2018.

Chilean abuse victim: Pope told me to accept being gay, God made me this way

May 20, 2018

A victim of the Chilean clergy abuse crisis who met privately with Pope Francis told a Spanish news source that... Read more

Pope Francis with Chilean bishops, May 17, 2018.

Pope to Chilean bishops: Serve Christ in victims of abuse

May 17, 2018

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis thanked Chile's bishops for their “frank” dialogue during a 3-day Vatican meeting on the Chilean abuse scandals, and... Read more