All the Catholic bishops in Chile have resigned over a sex abuse scandal By Delia Gallagher, CNN Updated 1451 GMT (2251 HKT) May 18, 2018 Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. International Confirm U.S. He had been criticised in Chile for his decision to ordain a bishop who is accused of covering up sexual abuse committed by a priest. He told a Chilean journalist: "The day they bring me proof against Bishop Barros, then I will speak.
Many observers, including survivors of clerical sexual abuse, have called for the resignation of at least the four bishops once in Karadima’s inner circle. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. International Arabic Español © 2018 Cable News Network. It is the first time that all the top churchmen in a country have offered to leave their posts like this.
Victims accused Bishop Juan Barros of having witnessed the abuse but doing nothing to stop it. Of the 34 bishops who came to Rome, three are retired, including Cardinal Francisco Javier Errazuriz, former Archbishop of Santiago, who’s been accused of covering up cases of clerical sexual abuse. In this videograb members of Chile's bishops conference Luis Fernando Ramos Perez (L) and Juan Ignacio Gonzalez give a press conference on May 14, 2018 in Vatican.
What is the scandal about? Everything is slander. One only has to see an advertisement with a picture of the pope, head bowed in prayer, to wonder: What's for sale here? Rather he is shown touching the sick, washing prisoners’ feet, embracing anyone and everyone he encounters, regardless of their faith or station. Everything he stands for — migration, the environment — we are worse off now than when he began.
Francis further drew rebuke when, during a January trip to Chile, he said the accusations against Barros were "calumny" and said he was "certain" he was innocent. Barros, who was one of those who offered to stand down, has denied the allegations. Important Note from John L. Vatican spokesman Greg Burke said he had no comment on whether Pope Francis would accept the mass resignation. All of Chile's bishops have offered to resign over a sex abuse and cover-up scandal, in what is one of the biggest shake-ups ever in the Catholic Church's long-running abuse saga.
The gravity of the accusations appeared to lay the foundation for a full-scale Vatican investigation of Chilean dioceses, seminaries and religious orders. After receiving the report, though, Francis did an about-face. Some of his findings were included in a damning 10-page document that was presented to the bishops this week, according to Chile’s T13 television, which obtained a leaked copy.
Pope Francis called the country's bishops to Rome after he received a 2,300-page report detailing sexual abuses by priests in Chile. At the end of an emergency summit with Pope Francis, 31 active bishops said they had signed a document offering to resign and that they were putting their fate in the hands of the pope. Fr Karadima was an influential priest who was found guilty by the Vatican of sexually abusing young boys in the 1970s and 80s and sentenced to a lifetime of "penance and prayer".
But the poster says, “Hope is a universal message.” If that’s what’s for sale, I know more than a few takers. Such an investigation was ordered up after a similar 2010 summit that Pope Benedict XVI called for Irish bishops over their dismal record dealing with abuse. Blaming a "lack of truthful and balanced information" for his missteps, Francis invited the three main whistleblowers to the Vatican so he could apologize in person.
The scandal has devastated the credibility of the Church in the once staunchly Catholic country. Read More At the center of the scandal is the Bishop of Osorno, Juan Barros, whom Francis appointed in 2015 amid an outcry that Barros had known about and covered up abuses. The mass resignation marks the first time in history that an entire bishops conference had offered to step down en masse over a scandal.
The disinterested won’t bother to see the film at all. There’s always a market for hope. Video: Pope Admits to 'Grave Mistakes' in Chile Sex Abuse Cases Barros and two other Karadima-trained bishops were among the 31 who offered to resign. Pope Francis poses with Chilean bishops after a meeting at the Vatican, May 17, 2018. Additional reporting by Antonio de la Jara and Aislinn Laing in Chile and Phil Pullella in Rome; editing by Andrew Roche and Richard Chang Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
He explains his thoughts on everything from climate change to mass migration with quotable simplicity, much like a candidate. The group most likely to react strongly, with disappointment, are admirers of the film’s accomplished German director Wim Wenders . The bishops announced at the end of an emergency Vatican summit that all 31 active bishops in Rome had signed a document offering to resign. It wasn't immediately clear if Cardinal Javier Errazuriz and two other retired bishops in Rome did as well; Victims have accused Errazuriz of covering up for Karadima.
How have victims responded? "This will change things forever," tweeted Juan Carlos Cruz, who was abused by Fr Karadima in the 1980s. Meant, perhaps, to endear, the film’s direct-to-camera interview style turns his commentary into platitudes (“Parents, remember to play with your children,” he implores). Then again, Cannes. (Can the film people hear my sigh?) Wenders makes his mark in the opening and closing voiceover, framing the film as an exploration of the mystery of time.
Francis said the investigation showed there were "grave defects" in the way abuse cases were handled, with superficial investigations or no investigation at all. Apologizing to the victims, the pope and to Chile for the failings of Chile’s churchmen, Ramos said the bishops would all stay in their roles until Francis had decided what to do. See here for a complete list of exchanges and delays. © 2018 Reuters.
This time, it is thought his offer to quit will be accepted. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. I imagine my mother, a big fan of the pope, would say, “Well, this is all just common sense.” Maybe that’s the point. Most of the footage focuses on Francis’ six years as pope but Wenders trails back nearly 800 years with recreated black and white scenes of the pope’s namesake, St.
It was not immediately clear whether the Pope had accepted the resignations. The Pope was widely criticised in January when he defended Bishop Barros during a visit to Chile, saying the allegations against him should be classed as "slander" until proven otherwise. But managing image, in modern terms, is dicey business. The film excludes controversy — both a minus and a plus. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of ecology.