- Mar 30, 2020
Every discussion of sex abuse needs a face to personalize a difficult topic.
The Catholic Church’s standing in Chile right now is taking an historic beating.
Bishop Kay Schmalhausen of Ayaviri, Peru believes current punishments for both the crime of clerical sexual abuse (usually expulsion from the clerical state) and the cover-up are ineffective, and suggested harsher penalties including excommunication.
In a statement made public on Friday morning in Chile, the four victims said they were speaking up as “survivors and complainants of serious abuses of power, conscience and of sexual nature” in the Diocese of Valparaíso in Chile.
As Chile’s massive clerical sexual abuse crisis continues to play out, aggressive prosecutors are targeting more than 200 priests and at least 8 bishops.
Pope Francis has removed Fernando Karadima from the priesthood. The Chilean man has long been at the center of the sex abuse crisis rocking the Chilean Church. Karadima had been sentenced to a life of penitence and prayer in 2011, when he was found guilty by the Vatican of abuse.