'Chile abuse crisis' returned 15 result(s)
Pope Francis accepted the resignations of two more Chilean bishops, bringing to seven the number of bishops who have stepped down since June in response to the clerical sexual abuse scandal in their country.
Several American bishops responded quickly upon hearing of the charges leveled by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, the former Vatican ambassador to the United States, that church leaders -- including Pope Francis -- had been told years ago of the abuse allegations lodged against retired Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick.
The Catholic bishops of Latin America pledged their loyalty to Pope Francis and spoke against the "shameful" way he has been attacked, said the president of the Latin American bishops' council during an Aug. 26 Mass in Medellin, Colombia.
Chilean authorities have raided the offices of the Chilean Episcopal Conference in the capital of Santiago as part of an ongoing investigation into sexual abuse committed by members of the Marist order of brothers.
Chile's bishops acknowledged they had "failed to fulfil our duty by not listening, believing, attending or accompanying the victims of grave sins" after a five-day meeting to discuss the clergy sexual abuse crisis rocking the country.
The Church needs to confront its teachings on issues like celibacy, female ordination, its theology on sexuality and its hierarchical structure, otherwise it will continue to decline into irrelevance, Fr Kevin Hegarty has warned.
Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of the Archbishop of Adelaide, Philip Wilson, who despite being convicted of covering up clerical child sexual abuse had been unwilling to step down from his position.
The brother of Chilean Father Fernando Karadima called on his brother to ask forgiveness for the hurt inflicted on those he sexually abused.
Police and prosecutors yesterday raided Catholic Church offices in two Chilean cities looking for documents and investigative reports related to the sex abuse scandal that has rocked the country
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