- Dec 5, 2019
Crises both external and internal continue to face the Catholic Church across Latin America, from Venezuela and Mexico to Chile and Peru.
Pope Francis has said that he understands why his words on sex abuse in Chile may have struck victims as a “slap in the face,” but stood by his insistence that a bishop accused of abuse cover-ups is innocent.
As Pope Francis leaves for Chile and Peru next week, the fallout from serious sexual abuse scandals awaits him in both nations.
Criminal prosecutors in Peru have requested that Luis Fernando Figari be incarcerated by a court order, while he is investigated for charges of psychological and sexual abuse.
The sanctions the Vatican imposed against Luis Fernando Figari, the whistleblower Pedro Salinas said, amount to a “golden exile, where he can live comfortably with all his needs taken care of.” As a layman, Figari was not subject to the same defrocking punishment used to sanction abusive priests.
An ethics commission created to investigate accusations of abuse against Luis Fernando Figari had released a report which detailed an internal culture of extreme “discipline and obedience to the founder” which was “forged on the basis of extreme physical demands, as well as physical punishments, constituting abuses which violated the fundamental rights of persons.”