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Pope defrocks 2 Chilean bishops accused of sex abuse

Oct. 13, 2018 7:41 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Saturday defrocked two more Chilean bishops accused of sexually abusing minors, and to show greater transparency about how he's responding to the church's global sex abuse crisis, he publicly explained why they were removed. The Vatican's unusually detailed statement...

Chilean cardinal goes before prosecutor in sex abuse probe

Oct. 3, 2018 12:03 PM EDT

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — The archbishop of the Chilean capital went before a local prosecutor Wednesday but declined to testify as a defendant about allegations he covered up years of child sex abuse committed by clerics and officials of the country's Catholic Church. Television images showed a smiling...

Chile church says sorry for conduct guidelines for priests

Oct. 2, 2018 9:58 PM EDT

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chile's Roman Catholic Church has apologized for a set of conduct guidelines for priests dealing with children that has caused outrage just as the South American country is being rocked by a widespread clerical sex abuse scandal. The recommendations include asking priests not to...

Pope defrocks Chilean priest at center of abuse scandal

Sep. 28, 2018 6:30 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has defrocked a Chilean priest who was a central character in the global sex abuse scandal rocking his papacy, invoking his "supreme" authority to stiffen an earlier sentence because of the "exceptional amount of damage" the priest's crimes had caused. In a statement...

Chile authorities raid 4 dioceses in clerical abuse probe

Sep. 13, 2018 1:37 PM EDT

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chilean authorities raided four dioceses on Thursday as part of an investigation into clerical sex abuse of minors and alleged cover-ups by bishops. Prosecutors said the surprise raids took place at the dioceses of Valparaiso, Chillan, Osorno and Concepcion. Images published by local...