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Pope Francis to face protests in Chile over bishop appointment

Posted: 10 Jan 2018 12:40 PM PST

SANTIAGO (CHILE) Reuters January 10, 2018 By Dave Sherwood Chileans protesting Pope Francis's 2015 appointment of a Roman Catholic bishop accused of protecting an alleged pedophile threaten to cast a shadow over the pontiff's visit to South America next week. Parishioners in Osorno, a small city 800 kilometers (497 miles) south of the Chilean capital, say Vatican representatives denied their requests to meet with Francis. They plan to protest every day of the Pope's Jan. 15 - 18 stay in Chile. Pope Francis, who hails from neighboring Argentina and once briefly lived in Chile, has defended Osorno Bishop Juan Barros and says allegations that he covered up abuses by one of Chile's most notorious sexual predators were unfounded. Planned demonstrations in Chile, a staunchly Catholic country, have rekindled accusations Francis has not done enough to root out sexual abuse in the Church, especially holding bishops accountable for covering up or mishandling sexual abuse.

ONG de EEUU lanzó listado con más de 80 casos de clérigos involucrados en abusos en

Posted: 10 Jan 2018 12:37 PM PST

CONCEPCIÓN (CHILE) Bio Bio Chile January 10, 2018 By Guido Focacci and Aristeo Andrés Con el objetivo de llamar al papa Francisco a cumplir su compromiso de "tolerancia cero" en casos de abuso sexual en acciones concretas contra sus autores, la agrupación Bishop Accountability lanzó un sitio con 80 religiosos chilenos involucrados, acusando especialmente al cardenal Ricardo Ezzati de encubrimiento. La agrupación, liderada por Anne Barrett-Doyle, indicó que este encubrimiento en ninguna parte del mundo es tan potente como en Chile y apuntó a Ezzati, como principal autoridad católica del país, a tomar medidas en estos casos. La investigadora recalcó los casos de los rel//rbb.cl/j16f Publicado por igiosos Christian Precht, Julio Dutilh y Juan Barros como hechos visibles, donde se ha permitido continuar con el sacerdocio pese a ser denunciados y hasta condenados por El Vaticano. El director ejecutivo de la Fundación para la Confianza, José Murillo, aseguró que este mensaje de la agrupación es para que el Papa cumpla con su compromiso de tolerancia cero para no tener casos impunes.

ONG estadounidense revela casos de abuso sexual por parte de sacerdotes chilenos

Posted: 10 Jan 2018 12:26 PM PST

SANTIAGO (CHILE) Agence France Presse via 24 Horas January 10, 2018 El sitio reveló que casi ochenta sacerdotes, diáconos y una monja de nacionalidad chilena abusaron de menores de edad. Sacerdotes, diáconos y una monja chilenos completan una lista de casi ochenta religiosos acusados desde el año 2000 de abusar sexualmente de menores en Chile, según una base de datos difundida este miércoles en Santiago por la ONG estadounidense Bishop Accountability. "Hoy estamos presentando una base de datos de casi 80 clérigos en Chile, sacerdotes, monjes y una monja que han sido acusados de abusar sexualmente de niños", denunció Ann Barrett-Doyle, codirectora de la ONG que desde 2003 se dedica a publicar los archivos de abusadores dentro de la Iglesia católica, en una rueda de prensa en Santiago. A cinco días de la llegada del papa Francisco a Chile, la organización denunció la falta de compromiso de los jerarcas católicos, en especial los chilenos, para erradicar la pederastia en la iglesia.

Organización lanza sitio con casos de sacerdotes chilenos acusados de abuso sexual

Posted: 10 Jan 2018 12:19 PM PST

SANTIAGO (CHILE) El Dínamo January 10, 2018 La organización Bishop Accountability, radicada en Estados Unidos, se encarga de proporcionar información a través de Internet acerca de los distintos casos de sacerdotes acusados y condenados por abuso sexual, así como también a religiosos que han actuado como encubridores del delito. A menos de una semana de la llegada del Papa a Chile, la entidad lanzó en su sitio información sobre los casos chilenos. En total se registraron 70, que agrupa a sacerdotes, diáconos, hermanos religiosos y una monja. Cada nombre está acompañado de un resumen junto con información al lugar que pertenecen y enlaces de noticias al respecto. Anne Barrett-Doyle, representante de Bishop Accountability, señaló que este lanzamiento se hizo previo a la visita de Francisco I "con la esperanza de que alguno de sus asistentes le haga ver que no ha cumplido con su promesa de tolerancia cero". La organización busca que el Papa remueva al cardenal Ricardo Ezatti y a otros obispos que -según acusa Bishop Accountability- habrían encubiertos otros casos como Horacio Valenzuela (Talca) y Cristian Contreras (San Felipe). "El Papa dice que llora por las víctimas. Queremos que transforme las lágrimas en acciones", indicó.

Ad Portas de Visita Papal: Lanzan Nómina de Religiosos Acusados de Abusos en Chile

Posted: 10 Jan 2018 11:36 AM PST

SANTIAGO (CHILE) La Nacion January 10, 2018 By Giselle Saure La nómina que incluye identidades, cargos, fotografías y la descripción de los actos cometidos contra sus víctimas fue elaborada por la organización internacional que se dedica a indagar este tema Bishop Accountability. Fernando Karadima, Andrés Aguirre alias el cura "Tato", Cristián Precht y John O´Reilly, son los rostros más conocidos en la lista de 78 religiosos que aparecen en el listado de miembros de la iglesia católica chilena denunciados por abusos sexuales en los últimos 15 años desde que se destaparon estos delitos y que han mermado el respeto y la credibilidad en la institución en el país. La nómina elaborada por el grupo internacional Bishop Accountability, con sede en Estados Unidos, que se dedica a investigar estos delitos cometidos por integrantes de la iglesia católica, es el primer banco de datos donde aparecen con fotografías, nombres y congregaciones de los miembros de la institución que han sido denunciados por estos casos, incluidos cuatro obispos. Este nuevo recurso electrónico fue presentado por Anne Barrett-Doyle, investigadora católica y fundadora de la entidad que fue clave para las indagatorias realizadas por el Boston Globe, sobre abusos sexuales en esa ciudad de Estados Unidos.

Organización que investiga abusos sexuales en la Iglesia critica a Ezzati por minimizar denuncias

Posted: 10 Jan 2018 10:49 AM PST

SANTIAGO (CHILE) La Tercera January 10, 2018 By Claudia Soto Anne Barrett-Doyle, representante del grupo internacional Bishop Accountability, aseguró que sería un "gran gesto" del Papa Francisco que removiera al arzobispo de Santiago y a otros obispos como Cristián Contreras Molina y Horacio Valenzuela, por no haber intervenido adecuadamente en estos casos. En cuanto al Pontífice, señaló que "no ha cumplido con su promesa de tolerancia cero" contra los abusos. La investigadora Anne Barrett-Doyle, mostrando una fotografía del cardenal Ezzati. El grupo Bishop Accountability, con sede en Estados Unidos y representado por Anne Barrett-Doyle, lanzó este miércoles el primer banco de datos publicado en Internet sobre los clérigos chilenos que han sido denunciados por abuso sexual de menores. Este nuevo recurso electrónico proporciona detalles de los casos de 79 sacerdotes, diáconos, hermanos religiosos y una monja en nuestro país, que han sido condenados por la justicia. Sin embargo, se indica que de acuerdo a lo estudiado, deben hacer cientos de casos que aún se mantienen ocultos. Barrett-Doyle explicó que este lanzamiento se hizo previo a la visita del Papa Francisco "con la esperanza de que alguno de sus asistentes le haga ver que no ha cumplido con su promesa de tolerancia cero" contra los abusos.

Las 80 denuncias por abuso sexual que ha enfrentado la Iglesia en Chile

Posted: 10 Jan 2018 10:42 AM PST

SANTIAGO (CHILE) La Tercera January 9, 2017 By Sebastián Labrín and Juan Pablo Sallaberry [Note: Includes a table of accused, including priests accused of sexual misconduct with adults. See also BishopAccountability.org's database, focused on clerics who are accused of offending against minors.] En los últimos 15 años, desde el caso de Andrés Aguirre, el "cura Tato", 80 sacerdotes y religiosos católicos han sido acusados de delitos de connotación sexual. De ese total, 45 fueron condenados por la justicia civil o canónica, y de ellos, 34 tienen como víctimas a menores de edad. La situación más reciente involucra a la congregación marista. La investigación sobre abusos cometidos por miembros de la Congregación de los Hermanos Maristas en colegios chilenos sigue en escalada, luego de que ayer el diario catalán El Periódico llevara en su portada un reportaje sobre cómo la orden religiosa silenciaba las denuncias. La Fiscalía Sur maneja antecedentes sobre los presuntos delitos sexuales cometidos por seis maristas -dos de ellos ya fallecidos-, investigación que se inició a partir de una denuncia contra Abel Pérez Ruiz, acusado de abusar de 14 menores, 10 del Instituto Alonso de Ercilla y otros cuatro del Colegio Marcelino Champagnat, en La Pintana. ¿Cuántos sacerdotes y religiosos católicos están vinculados a casos de abusos sexuales en Chile? La nómina es mantenida en privado por la Iglesia. El 2011, tras las denuncias de abusos sexuales contra el sacerdote Fernando Karadima, el episcopado decidió subir a su página web un listado con los condenados por este tipo de delitos, que entonces llegaba a 18 presbíteros sancionados por la justicia civil o la canónica. Sin embargo, el 2016 se retiró la lista de nombres cuando los casos sumaban 32. La ONG norteamericana Bishop Accountability, entidad que recopila casos de abusos sexuales cometidos por sacerdotes en todo el mundo, ha estado trabajando en un listado de religiosos chilenos que han enfrentado denuncias de este tipo. Anne Barrett Doyle, directora de la organización, presentará el documento en una conferencia de prensa este miércoles. Una investigación de La Tercera compiló toda la información oficial publicada por la Iglesia sobre denuncias presentadas desde 2002 (año en que se destapó el caso de Andrés Aguirre, el "cura Tato"); hizo una completa revisión de los archivos de prensa; consultó al Ministerio Público sobre el estado de las causas, y examinó medios regionales a lo largo de todo Chile para incluir casos locales que jamás fueron conocidos en Santiago.

George Pell's lawyers given ABC interviews in relation to child sexual abuse allegations

Posted: 10 Jan 2018 09:09 AM PST

AUSTRALIA Australian Associated Press January 10, 2018 Cardinal's lawyers tell court hard drive containing footage and transcripts was handed over in response to subpoena Cardinal George Pell's lawyers will examine interview footage from the ABC as Australia's highest-ranking Catholic fights multiple historical sex offence charges in Victoria. Pell, who denies the allegations, is the most senior Catholic cleric to be charged with sex offences. His lawyers returned to Melbourne magistrates court on Wednesday for an administrative update about the subpoenas they sent to the ABC and investigative journalist Louise Milligan, who wrote the book Cardinal: The Rise and Fall of George Pell. In December the ABC and Milligan agreed to hand over some of the material sought by Pell's lawyers. "There's been production to the registry of a hard drive containing footage and transcripts," defence barrister Ruth Shann told the court on Wednesday. It is understood the footage contains unedited interviews between Milligan and some of the complainants who have accused Pell of historical sex offences. Pell was not required to attend court on Wednesday. The former Sydney and Melbourne archbishop and Ballarat priest has taken leave from his position as Vatican treasurer to defend himself. He will face a four-week pretrial committal hearing in March to determine if he should stand trial. Some of the hearing will be closed to the public when the complainants give evidence about the alleged sexual offences.

Church: Guam archbishop faces new sexual assault allegation

Posted: 10 Jan 2018 09:07 AM PST

HAGATNA (GUAM) Associated Press January 9, 2018 HAGATNA, Guam – Catholic church officials in Guam say they have notified the Vatican of a new sexual abuse allegation against Archbishop Anthony Apuron. According to the Archdiocese of Agana, a relative of Apuron claimed to local media he was abused by the archbishop in 1990. Apuron already faces multiple allegations of sexual abuse of altar boys in the 1970s. He has denied those claims and has not been criminally charged. His lawyer Jacqueline Terlaje didn't immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday. The allegations against Apuron prompted a Vatican tribunal. Archbishop Michael Byrnes says he was informed by Vatican officials late last year that a verdict has been reached, but it has not yet been released. The Vatican sent Byrnes to Guam to replace Apuron on an administrative basis.

Vatican takes over Peru-based movement on eve of pope's trip

Posted: 10 Jan 2018 09:06 AM PST

VATICAN CITY Tampa Bay Times January 10, 2018 VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican on Wednesday took over a Peru-based Catholic movement whose founder was accused of sexual and psychological abuse, just days before Pope Francis starts a trip to Chile and Peru where the sexual abuse scandal is expected to play out on the sidelines. A Vatican statement said the congregation for religious orders had issued a decree naming a commissioner to take over the Sodalitium Christianae Vitae, a conservative movement that has some 20,000 members and chapters throughout South America and the U.S. The move came just weeks after Peruvian prosecutors announced they were seeking the arrest of Sodalitium's founder, Luis Figari. A journalist and former member of the society began publicly accusing Figari of abuse in 2010. While Figari had never been charged, many of the allegations were confirmed by a Vatican inquiry. Figari was ordered to cut contact with members of the society last year, and has been living in Rome. He has never provided concrete responses to the accusations. His Peru-based lawyer, Armando Lengua, has said he hasn't been in contact with Figari, saying he is unreachable in the Sodalitium prayer and retreat house in Rome. Some of Sodalitium's victims had denounced the Vatican's handling of the case, saying in 2017 that the six-year delay in taking any action, and subsequently allowing Figari to live in retirement in Rome, was anything but satisfactory. In the statement, the Vatican said Francis had followed the Sodalitium saga for years, had asked that the congregation pay particular attention to it and was "particularly concerned about the seriousness of information about the internal regime, the training and financial management." The Vatican said the congregation had decided on the "commissioning" of the society after the recent moves by Peruvian prosecutors to arrest Figari and a "profound analysis of all the documentation."

Vatican takes over scandal-hit Catholic society on eve of pope's trip to Peru

Posted: 10 Jan 2018 09:04 AM PST

VATICAN CITY Associated Press January 10, 2018 - Peruvian founder of Sodalitium Christianae Vitae accused of sexual abuse - Victims denounce Vatican's handling and protests likely during pontiff's visit The Vatican has taken over a Peru-based Catholic movement whose founder was accused of sexual and psychological abuse, just days before Pope Francis starts a trip to Chile and Peru where the sexual abuse scandal is expected to play out on the sidelines. A Vatican statement said the congregation for religious orders had issued a decree naming a commissioner to take over the Sodalitium Christianae Vitae, a conservative movement that has chapters and about 20,000 members throughout South America and the US. The move came just weeks after Peruvian prosecutors announced they were seeking the arrest of Sodalitium's founder, Luis Figari. While Figari had never been charged, many of the allegations were confirmed by a Vatican inquiry. He was ordered to cut contact with members of the society, and has been living in Rome. In the statement, the Vatican said Francis had followed the Sodalitium scandal for years, had asked that the congregation pay particular attention to it and was "particularly concerned about the seriousness of information about the internal regime, the training and financial management."

Top-Tier Gymnast Maggie Nichols Says Larry Nassar Sexually Abused Her, Too

Posted: 10 Jan 2018 09:01 AM PST

UNITED STATES The Huffington Post January 9, 2018 By Alanna Vagianos Nichols wrote in a statement that she was the first to alert USA Gymnastics of Nassar's abuse in 2015. Gymnast Maggie Nichols alleged Tuesday that she was among the young women sexually abused by former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University doctor Larry Nassar. In a statement released by Nichols' attorney, the former elite gymnast alleged that Nassar sexually abused her "numerous times," starting when she was 15 years old. "Recently, three of my friends and former National Team members who medaled at the 2012 Olympics have bravely stepped forward to proclaim they were sexually assaulted by USA Gymnastics Team physician Dr. Larry Nassar," Nichols said in the statement, obtained by Time magazine. "Today I join them." Nichols said she was the first victim to alert USA Gymnastics of Nassar's abuse in 2015, which subsequently led to his arrest in 2016. She wrote that she was discussing Nassar's treatment with a teammate during practice one day when a coach overheard. "I had never told my coach about these treatments," Nichols said. "After hearing our conversation she asked me more questions about it and said it doesn't seem right ... so she did the right thing and reported this abuse to the USA Gymnastics staff." Nassar has been accused of serial sexual abuse by over 125 young women, including elite gymnasts Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas and McKayla Maroney. All of the victims claim that Nassar abused them during routine medical exams; some say they were as young as 12 at the time of the alleged abuse.

Metro East priest facing more than 15 child pornography charges

Posted: 10 Jan 2018 08:59 AM PST

MASCOUTAH (IL) KMOV January 8, 2018 An associate Catholic priest from a church in Mascoutah, Illinois is facing multiple charges of possessing and disseminating child pornography. Belleville police arrested Rev. Gerald Hechenberger, the associate pastor at Holy Childhood Church and School, Monday after reportedly finding him in possession of multiple pornographic images and videos of children under the age of 13. The officers were turned onto the 54-year-old Hechenberger from an anonymous tip from the Attorney General's ICAC Task Force indicating he was distributing child pornography. Detectives surveilled Hechenberger online and in person and were eventually granted a warrant to search the rectory at Holy Childhood Catholic Church Monday. Officers reportedly found drug paraphernalia and methamphetamine along with the images and videos of children. "There is a rotten apple in every bunch and that should not discredit the church of anyone else because of one person making a mistake," said Andrea Sisson, a lifelong Mascoutah resident. "It doesn't deter me from knowing anyone from there or them doing good in the community. Like I said, one man can't ruin or bring a community down." Hechenberger faces eight counts of disseminating child pornography in which the victim is less than 13 years old, seven counts of possession of child pornography, one count of possessing child pornography on video and one count of possessing methamphetamine. He had been at the parish for six years. Previously, he had let it be known he was suffering from depression. At this time there are no known complaints lodged against him in the past. None of the attendees at Tuesday night's service agreed to speak about the situation.

Clergy abuse victims haunted by sex harassment news

Posted: 10 Jan 2018 08:57 AM PST

UNITED STATES Associated Press January 9, 2018 When stories of sexual misconduct by powerful men began to fill the news during the fall, Manny Vega immediately flashed back to his childhood. He saw strong similarities between the recent allegations against producers and politicians and his own abuse as a child by his parish priest. "The parallels are in the power dynamics," said Vega, a former police officer and decorated Marine who lives in Oxnard, California. "Whether you're the leader of a church or the leader of a film studio, you're going to be someone people look up to and someone people go to for guidance. It puts the victim at a horrible disadvantage." While there are key differences, the sexual harassment detailed in today's headlines shares the same well-worn themes that made it so hard for Vega and hundreds of other clergy abuse victims to come forward more than a decade ago: fear of retribution and disbelief, impossible power dynamics and confidential settlements that bury complaints. Powerful Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein is under investigation for sexual assault in four cities, and has been accused of everything from unwanted come-ons to groping by dozens of women, including A-list actresses. He has apologized for his behavior with women but denied having nonconsensual sex. He has not been charged with a crime.

Child care home abuse denial ‘should be made a crime’

Posted: 10 Jan 2018 08:56 AM PST

SCOTLAND The Evening Express January 10, 2018 Denying the "orchestrated" abuse which took place in child care homes across Scotland should be a crime, an inquiry has heard. A former resident of Smyllum Park in Lanark made the claim before the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry in Edinburgh on Tuesday. He described his time at the orphanage as a "Holocaust of developmental trauma" and said Scotland has to "face up" to its past. The witness, who lived in the Catholic-run home between 1961 and 1965, said his head had been left "spinning" after reading an article suggesting abuse claims about such places were exaggerated. He added: "What was happening there was a crime against humanity. It was orchestrated. "It went on for years. I think it was a Holocaust of developmental trauma, inflicted upon thousands of children over decades. "In Germany it's a crime to deny the Holocaust and I would like it to be a crime for academics to deny these years and years of abuse. "Scotland has to face up to this – if you don't know your own country's history, you don't know anything." Now in his sixties, he said he still has a recurring nightmare about his time there and wakes up screaming. According to him, the nuns were "quick to aggression" and "quick to anger", describing constant physical and mental abuse.