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Chilean Catholics Protest Naming of Bishop Linked to Sex Abuse

Mar 21, 2015 Black balloons in hand, hundreds of Catholics gathered at a church in the small Chilean city of Osorno on Saturday to protest the appointment of bishop Juan Barros, accused of protecting…More
Mar 21, 2015
Black balloons in hand, hundreds of Catholics gathered at a church in the small Chilean city of Osorno on Saturday to protest the appointment of bishop Juan Barros, accused of protecting one of the nation's most notorious pedophiles. The appointment has sparked outrage from many parishioners and puts into question Francis' promise to rid the church of sex abuse. Critics say Barros was aware and helped cover up abuse by Father Fernando Karadima, whose case is the most infamous of a number of allegations of pedophilia within the Catholic church in Chile. Juan Carlos Cruz, a Karadima victim now living in the United States says Barros did the pedophile priest's "dirty work," tearing up letters from victims detailing abuse, and that the recently appointed bishop was present when molestation took place.
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"I hold the Pope responsible," said Juan Carlos Cruz, a 51-year-old journalist who is one of the accusers.
"As victims, we had become used to the slaps in the face by the Chilean hierarchy, but we never expected a slap in the face from the Pope," he told The Associated Press.
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