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Pope confesses ‘error’ in Chile sex abuse scandal

by Kiley Crossland
Posted 4/11/18, 04:09 pm

Pope Francis on Wednesday admitted he made “grave errors” in judgment regarding a massive sex abuse scandal in Chile. In a letter written to Chile’s bishops, Francis said he was wrong to strongly defend Bishop Juan Barros—a protégé of notorious predator priest the Rev. Fernando Karadima—during a January visit to Chile. Karadima’s victims have long denounced Barros, claiming he witnessed the abuse and did nothing.

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A China-Vatican reset

China | Understanding the proposed deal between the pope and Beijing
by June Cheng
Posted 2/22/18, 10:35 am

Perhaps you’ve heard the news that the Vatican and the Chinese government are on the verge of signing an agreement on appointing bishops, a deal that could re-establish relations between China and the Roman Catholic Church. Though not yet official, the deal is part of ongoing negotiations that have lasted for years. Today’s China Snapshot gives a brief explainer. (See also “In Caesar’s shadow,” Nov. 26, 2016.)

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Pope defends bishop accused of sex abuse coverup

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 1/19/18, 12:22 pm

Pope Francis on Friday defended a Chilean bishop accused of covering up sexual assaults and said the accusations against him amounted to “calumny.” Bishop Juan Barros was the protégé of the Rev. Fernando Karadima, whom the Vatican dismissed in 2011 for assaulting dozens of minors over decades. Several victims said Barros knew about the assaults but did nothing. The case sparked further outrage in 2015 when the pope appointed him as bishop. “The day they bring me proof against Bishop Barros, I’ll speak,” Francis said. “There is not one shred of proof against him.

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