A Church in denial: Pope Francis summons Chile's bishops to Rome
02 May 2018 | by Austen IvereighA Church in denial: Pope Francis summons Chile's bishops to Rome
Crisis in Chile
The Chilean Church has been in meltdown. The effects of the 2010-2011 scandal, centred on the charismatic abuser Fr Fernando Karadima, are still being felt, eight years later. The tension generated by Pope Francisâ three-year defence of Karadimaâs right-hand man, Bishop Juan Barros, came to a head on a tense and sometimes bad-tempered papal visit to Chile in January.
After his off-the-cuff remarks in Iquique caused uproar, when he snappily insisted to journalists that the charges against Barros were a âcalumnyâ, the Pope claimed on the flight back to Rome that Karadimaâs victims had never supplied convincing evidence.
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