Updated April 19, 2011
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Faces of Rapists-Priests: from Father Marcial Maciel covered-up by John Paul II and the Eucharist. JOIN Signatories` protest against JP2 beatification
On the eve of John Paul II's beatification in Rome, the John Paul II Pedophiles Rapists-Priests Army is exploding in Chile confirming the evil legacy of John Paul II who did nothing to protect and save children during his 27 years papacy. In life he did nothing for children and in death he shall do nothing for them either.
Updated April 19, 2011
Chile’s Roman Catholic Church Apologizes To Sexual Abuse Victims
Written by Ignacio Gallegos
Monday, 11 April 2011 06:12
Bishops release group apology and announce new protocol to deal with child-abuse cases, while prosecutor in Karadima case investigates irregular payments to El Bosque employees
The Synod of Chilean bishops offered their apologies to the victims of sexual abuses by church officials last week with the release of a document entitled “Message from the Bishops to Catholics and to the People of Chile.”
The 32 bishops approved the release of the message last Thursday, which admits the mistakes made by the Church with regard to child abuse accusations.
“We acknowledge that we have not always reacted swiftly and efficiently to the accusations,” the document reads. “We extend our apology to all the Church community for the bad example given by some of its ministers.”
While Mons. Ricardo Ezzati, Archbishop of Santiago, offered his apologies weeks ago, this is the first time that Chile's Catholic Church offers a collective apology to the victims.
The Synod also announced changes to its 2003 protocol for dealing with sex abuse cases. The protocol, so far only known to bishops, will be made public before Easter, as it is now under evaluation by lawyers and canonists to ensure it is in line with Chilean and Vatican legislation.
Moreover, the Church will create a body within the Synod to establish policies of prevention and help to the victims. This entity will also be in charge of training parish authorities to respond to signs of abuse to minors.
The message follows a letter sent by four bishops who were apprentices of Karadima, in which they acknowledged the prelate’s guilt and addressed those affected as “victims”, instead of “accusers”, as they has alleged before.
Meanwhile, Judge Jéssica González, who is leading the investigation on Fr. Fernando Karadima, is reportedly gathering information on payments received by the prelate's employees in his parish in Santiago’s upscale El Bosque neighborhood. The judge reportedly wants to learn if “hush” money was paid out by Karadima to silence victims.
González has also requested access to the information gathered by prosecutor Xavier Armendáriz, who began the first investigation in late 2010, before the case was closed.
According to court sources, over $126,000 were reported to have been given to four church employees. The payments are detailed in a document that Investigative Police (PDI), gave prosecutor González.
The prosecutor’s document includes testimonies from over 30 witnesses, among them El Bosque's accountant María José Riesco, who is said to have received $27,000 from Karadima. In her testimony, Riesco denies that the money was intended to buy her silence.
SOURCES: EL MERCURIO, LA TERCERA
Seized Documents Reveal Priest’s Abuse Victims
by Phil Locker
Monday, 18 April 2011
Light shed on Karadima case as judge has police raid lawyer’s office; former Archbishop Errázuriz agrees to testify to judge
Santiago judge Jéssica González late last week ordered plainclothes policemen to raid the office of Juan Pablo Bulnes, the defense attorney for Father Fernando Karadima, the upscale Catholic Church priest accused of sex abuse.
Bulnes defended Karadima during the Vatican’s investigation into Karadima’s misbehavior, but refused to hand over Vatican documents revealing the victims’ identities. The Vatican in February ruled that Karadima was guilty of abusing two minors, prompting Chile’s judiciary to reopen its own criminal investigation into the Karadima case.
The police confiscated Vatican documents in Bulnes’ office relating to the Church’s investigation into Karadima’s behavior, prompting concerns by the Church that Judge González had overstepped the bounds that normally separate Church and civilian court proceedings.
Chilean Media on Catholic Church Scandals
Inside Costa Rica
Santiago de Chile - Notorious cases of child sex abuse within the Catholic Church have captured the attention of the media in Chile, where more than 70 percent of the population professes that religion.
Chile is going through an unprecedented phenomenon: an uprising by the Catholic laity. Also, non-catholic Chileans who have appreciated the church's humanitarian actions are disappointed and angry, El Mostrador newspaper quoted theologian Jorge Costadoat as saying.
The crisis has reached a point of no return. The Chilean Church will never be the same, Costadoat said.
Chilean Police Seize Vatican Documents on Priest Abuse Case
Hispanically Speaking News
Files on the abuse case of Chilean priest, Fr. Fernando Karadima, have been seized by police after the Catholic Church refused to turn their files over on the case.
Fr. Karadima was found guilty of sexual abuse by the Vatican and ordered to retire from the priesthood with punishment being a life of prayer and penance. The civil case on the matter was going nowhere until the Vatican’s case concluded.
The Archdiocese of Santiago and Vatican refused to turn over files when local officials requested them claiming the Vatican to be a sovereign state not subject to Chilean law. Police seized them from the offices of Karadima’s attorney.