Chilean court asks Vatican for records in abuse case

Chilean court asks Vatican for records in abuse case

Saturday, November 14, 2015

From the link:

Pedophile Priest Fernando Karadima

Pedophile Priest Fernando Karadima

Osorno bishop Barros accused of cover-up in child molestation investigation
SANTIAGO — Chile’s Supreme Court on Thursday formally requested that the Vatican hand over all records that Pope Francis has relied upon to defend a Chilean bishop whose alleged knowledge and cover-up of church sex abuse has provoked controversy in the South American nation.

Many politicians, parishioners, and abuse victims say that Bishop Juan Barros knew of and helped cover up abuse by Chilean priest Fernando Karadima over a period of decades.

In 2011, the Vatican sentenced Karadima to “a life of prayer and penitence” for abusing children as far back as the 1950s. A judge later determined the accusations were valid though Karadima was not prosecuted as the statute of limitations had expired.

In March, Francis appointed Barros as the bishop of Osorno, a small city in south-central Chile, provoking raucous protests both there and in the capital, Santiago.

Barros said yesterday that he had no knowledge of the alleged sexual abuses.

He also that he didn’t help Karadima get a trip to France.

Pedophile Pimp Bishop Juan Barros

Pedophile Pimp Bishop Juan Barros

Karadima testified in court this week that Barros helped him get the trip for the 50th anniversary of his priesthood. He also said he had a “very sincere friendship” with Barros.

In the face of strong dissent among many Chileans, Francis has repeatedly defended the appointment, saying the accusations against Barros are unfounded.

During one high-profile incident at the Vatican on May 6, which was broadcast by a Chilean television station in early October, Francis told a group of Chileans in Saint Peters Square that the accusations were cooked up by “lefties.”

Yesterday, Chile’s high court took the unusual step of asking the Vatican to present documents supporting the Pope’s assertion.

“Deliver a complete and accurate copy of all the reports that you have concerning the investigation,” the petition reads, specifically referring to the Pope’s comments during the Saint Peters incident.

Next Friday, Barros, 59, is scheduled to be called to the witness stand as part of a civil suit presented by three men who allege they were sexually abused by Karadima, 85.

Barros has long drawn suspicions from many Chileans because of his close links with Karadima. Both were long-time members of a priestly society in Santiago called El Bosque, and Karadima served as Barros’ mentor during the bishop’s youth.

On Wednesday, Karadima took the witness stand before the Supreme Court in Santiago amid protests and denied having abused any children. His testimony provoked strong condemnations among both citizens and politicians, many of whom are convinced Karadima carried out the sexual abuse.

Herald with Reuters, AP

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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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