The lawsuit detailed the sexual harassment the victims suffered from Guzmán Astaburuaga, who was a priest and teacher from 1986 to 1992.
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Father Pedro Narbona said he was especially concerned because “with so much destruction, so much hatred and revenge” those most affected are the poor.
A number of churches across Chile have been attacked and looted amid political demonstrations in the country.
COMMENTARY: The leaked letters of Cardinal Ouellet to Cardinal DiNardo suggest that a new era in Vatican media may be dawning, and it’s significant.
The Holy Father accepted the resignation of Bishop Juan Barros, as well as Archbishop Cristián Caro Cordero and Bishop Gonzalo Duarte García de Cortázar.
NEWS ANALYSIS: Analysts urge caution, while pressing for accountability for clergy sex abuse.
The Holy Father’s decision to investigate the Diocese of Osorno comes on the heels of Vatican confirmation of a systemic cover-up of sexual abuse by Chile’s hierarchy.
The Holy See Press Office stated May 22 that Pope Francis will receive a second group of victims June 1-3.
Bishop Goić’s apology came after a program detailing misconduct accusations aired and after the bishop returned from the Chilean bishops’ meeting with Pope Francis.