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Australian archbishop convicted of concealing child sex abuse

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 5/22/18, 10:20 am

An Australian court on Tuesday convicted a Catholic archbishop of covering up child sex abuse. Philip Wilson, archbishop of Adelaide, is the highest-ranking member of the Roman Catholic Church hierarchy to face legal penalties in the worldwide abuse scandal. Wilson pleaded not guilty to concealing priest James Fletcher’s abuse of children in the 1970s. The 67-year-old archbishop will be sentenced in June and faces a maximum sentence of two years.

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Chilean bishops offer to resign over abuse scandal

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 5/18/18, 10:46 am

Every active Catholic bishop in Chile offered to resign Friday over a sex abuse and cover-up scandal within the Chilean Roman Catholic Church. The unprecedented move by the 31 bishops comes after Pope Francis called for a meeting with the national bishops’ conference over the case of Bishop Juan Barros, who faced accusations of ignoring abuse by the Rev. Fernando Karadima. Francis said an investigation by two Vatican sex crimes experts showed “grave defects” in the way Chilean church authorities handled the abuse reports.

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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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