- Mar 6, 2021
Just when you thought the situation in the Catholic Church couldn’t get worse, new allegations of clerical abuse and its cover-up have hit the press.
While deceased Jesuit Father Renato Poblete Barth was known publicly as a champion of the poor in Chile, an internal investigation funded by the Jesuits revealed that the famed clergyman abused more than a dozen women over a span of nearly 50 years.
Chilean President Sebastian Pinera has signed a bill that removes the statute of limitations on sex crimes involving children.
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.
Two more people claim to have been groped or sexually harassed by the papal envoy to France, Archbishop Luigi Ventura, who is already under fire for three similar charges.
Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of an auxiliary bishop-elect in Santiago, Chile, after he made controversial comments on the sexual abuse crisis, women in the Church, and the Jewish community.
After the uproar caused by his words regarding Chile’s clerical abuse scandals and the role of women in the Church, the newly appointed auxiliary bishop of Santiago apologized for his comments.
He hasn’t yet taken office, but a newly announced auxiliary bishop of Santiago, Chile, is already in hot water over his remarks on the sex abuse crisis, women, and the Jewish community.