Chilean Catholic bishop resigns over paedophilia accusations


Chilean Catholic bishop resigns over paedophilia accusations

9 October 2012 Last updated at 15:25 ET

From the link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-19892158

A Roman Catholic bishop in Chile accused of paedophilia has resigned, saying he did not want his personal problems to affect the Church.

Marco Antonio Ordenes, who served as bishop in the city of Iquique, was accused of engaging in acts of a sexual nature with an altar boy.

The Chilean Catholic Church is investigating.

The bishop denies the accusations by the former altar boy, who was 15 at the time of the alleged incident.

In a recent interview with Chile’s La Tercera newspaper, the 47-year-old priest admitted engaging in an “imprudent act”.

He said the boy was not under age when the incident happened.

“God is my witness, I have always tried to serve without interest. Many times I erred, but I never sought to hurt, offend or manipulate anybody,” the priest said.

Acting head of Chile’s Bishops Conference, Alejandro Goic, said in a statement that Catholics in the South American country had been “shaken” by the recent scandal.

“The improper conduct admitted publicly by Bishop Ordenes seems to be very serious,” added Archbishp Goic.

Marco Antonio Ordenes is the highest-ranking Chilean priest to be accused of paedophilia.

The country’s Catholic Church has apologised over sex abuse allegations against some 20 priests.

 

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The Catechism offers a clear moral teaching: "Rape is the forcible violation of the sexual intimacy of another person. It does injury to justice and charity. Rape deeply wounds the respect, freedom, and physical and moral integrity to which every person has a right. It causes grave damage that can mark the victim for life. It is always an intrinsically evil act. Graver still is the rape of children committed by parents (incest) or those responsible for the education of the children entrusted to them." (no. 2356) Note that rape is "an intrinsically evil act," meaning that it is evil at its very root, nothing justifies it, and it is objectively a mortal sin. An evil act was done against me, a crime, by a priest at St Thomas More Parish in Durham, NH. An evil and a crime I will no longer keep silent about. Those who perpetrate crimes against children, especially those of the Roman Catholic Church, should all be punished for their crimes against children. Anything less would be criminal.

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