Students demonstrate against the sexual abuse scandal within the Church in Chile as Vatican’s top abuse investigator Maltese archbishop Charles Scicluna visits Catholic University in Santiago on June 13. Photographer: Claudio Reyes/AFP via Getty Images
Article by Leo Lyon Zagami
In January 2018, during his trip to South America, Pope Francis defended Bishop Juan Barros, telling reporters that the accusations against him amounted to slander stating, “There is not a single proof against him, everything is slander.” He added,“The day they bring me proof against Bishop Barros, that’s the day when I’ll talk.”
A Vatican statement released last Monday states that Francis has accepted the resignations of Barros, and two of the thirty-four Chilean bishops that originally resigned on May 18th, 2018 in Rome, for what they described as “serious errors and omissions,”over the Catholic child sex abuse scandals in their country.
What is going to happen to the other thirty-one resigning bishops is still unclear. They all failed to some degree in protecting Chile’s children from members of their clergy, who raped, groped and molested a huge amount of children over the years. However, at the moment it is three bishops that are taking most of the blame: the aforementioned Bishop Juan Barros of Osorno, Bishop Gonzalo Duarte of Valparaiso and Bishop Cristian Caro of Puerto Montt. The pope named a temporary leader for each of the diocese involved.
In the meantime, on Wednesday, Chilean police and prosecutors were sent on surprise raids led by prosecutor Emiliano Arias, who targeted the headquarters of Santiago’s Ecclesiastical Court and the bishop’s office in Rancagua in the O’Higgins region, where there are fourteen priests accused of having had sexual relations with minors.The Chilean authorities are looking for files, investigative reports and documents related to the sex abuse scandal that has irremediably damaged the clergy’s reputation in Chile, which originally pushed the thirty-four Chilean bishops to resign in May.
At the center of this growing scandal is the pedo-ring leader, Bishop Juan Barros, who has been under attack since Bergoglio appointed him bishop of Osorno in 2015. Bergoglio ignored the many objections of the local faithful, some of Chile’s other bishops, and even his own sex abuse prevention advisers, protecting de facto Barros and the Catholic clergy pedo-rings in Chile. Wednesday’s raids came as two leading Vatican investigators were sent to Chile by Pope Francis — Archbishop Charles Scicluna and Spanish Monsignor Jordi Bertomeu —who compiled a 2,300 page report that prompted Pope Francis to accept Bishop Juan Barros’ resignation, rejecting his precedent statement, “There is not a single proof against him, everything is slander.” Even Scicluna and Bertomeu had found plenty of evidence in their own investigation, but they discovered that the Chilean hierarchy systematically covered up and minimized abuse cases, destroyed evidence of sex crimes, and pressured church investigators to discredit abuse accusations, showing “grave negligence”in protecting children from pedophile priests.
So why is pedophilia still so common in the Catholic Church? Instead of having a zero tolerance approach for this intolerable crime, Pope Francis has quietly reduced sanctions against his pedophile priests in 2017, some say applying his vision of a merciful Church, even to its worst offenders, in ways that many survivors of abuse find profoundly offensive. That’s why so many people are leaving the Catholic faith in the US and around the world, and who can blame them? Instead of focusing on pedophile priests, Pope Francis is busy defending the rights of the refugees and illegal immigration, often used to bring new children into the Vatican Pedophile Ring.
Leo Zagami is a regular contributor to Infowars and the author of the new book Confessions of an Illuminati Volume 5: The Decline of the West and the Rise of Satanism in our Society
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