Pope Accuses Victims Of Chile’s Most Notorious Pedophile Of Slander

Friday, January 19, 2018
By Paul Martin

Niamh Harris
January 19, 2018

The Pope has caused outrage after accusing victims of Chile’s most notorious pedophile of Slander

In a shocking end to a visit aimed at helping to heal the wounds of a child sex abuse scandal that has cost the Catholic Church its credibility in Chile, Pope Francis accused sex abuse victims of slander.

On Thursday the Pontiff said that until he sees proof that Bishop Juan Barros was complicit in covering up the sex crimes of the Rev. Fernando Karadimas, such accusations against Barros are “all calumny.”

At the start of his visit, Francis expressed pain and shame over the scandal – seven years after reports emerged that Catholic clergy had been committing sexual abuse against children in their care.

Mr Mehra.com reports: The pope’s remarks drew shock from Chileans and immediate rebuke from victims and their advocates. They noted the accusers were deemed credible enough by the Vatican that it sentenced Karadima to a lifetime of “penance and prayer” for his crimes in 2011.

A Chilean judge also found the victims to be credible, saying that while she had to drop criminal charges against Karadima because too much time had passed, proof of his crimes wasn’t lacking.

“As if I could have taken a selfie or a photo while Karadima abused me and others and Juan Barros stood by watching it all,” tweeted Barros’ most vocal accuser, Juan Carlos Cruz. “These people are truly crazy, and the pontiff talks about atonement to the victims. Nothing has changed, and his plea for forgiveness is empty.”

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