- May 15, 2021
Upon the release of the Vatican’s long-awaited report on the rise to power of former U.S. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, abuse survivors from Chile wonder where’s the report on the rise to power and fall of several members of the local hierarchy, included two influential cardinals accused of cover-up.
After Pope Francis accepted the resignation of one of the two newly appointed auxiliary bishops of Santiago, Chile before his episcopal ordination, the second auxiliary’s ordination, in Rome, was tainted by the presence of two disgraced former archbishops of the Chilean capital.
Father Eugenio de la Fuente said on Twitter that the presence of the resigned bishops at Holy Week events “hurts, disappoints [and] wounds.”
Three recent storylines on the clerical abuse crisis have made it challenging to sell people that Pope Francis and his team “get it.”
An appeals court in Chile Wednesday awarded three clerical abuse victims roughly $150,000 each after finding the Church guilty of covering up.
Although a decision had been expected, it was still a surprise when the Vatican announced Pope Francis had accepted the resignation of Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati of Santiago, Chile, who faces allegations of having covered up cases of clerical sexual abuse.
The resignation of Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati of Chile, who is facing an investigation by local prosecutors for allegedly covering up cases of child abuse by clergy, has been accepted by the pope.
Chilean bishops began testifying at the local prosecutor’s office this week on charges that they covered up cases of clerical sexual abuse.