- Jan 18, 2020
A rundown of Crux’s list of Top Ten Vatican Stories for 2018, a tumultuous year in the life of the Church by any standard.
Pope Francis was pictured with a Marianist brother in Chile accused of covering up sexual abuse charges against the order, but the Vatican says the brother was only there because he lives in the neighborhood and there was no “private meeting.”
The retired archbishop of Santiago is trying to deflect criticism for Pope Francis’s troubled trip to Chile, blaming everything from the summer weather to an “absentee” spokesman for the lower-than-expected turnout and negative press coverage during the January visit.
Pope Francis has revealed that each Friday, he meets quietly with a group of survivors of sexual abuse, saying it’s important for him to hear their stories because “what they have been through is so hard, they are destroyed.”
A lay Catholic group in southern Chile that has opposed a bishop accused of sex abuse cover-up says revelations by The Associated Press that Pope Francis heard directly from a victim about the problem “brings an end to his ‘zero tolerance’ rhetoric.”
Pope Francis said he told the bishops and priests of Chile to be uncompromising when it comes to protecting minors from sexual abuse and to trust that God will purify and renew his church during this time of trial.