More Chilean clerical child abuse than estimated

This video from the USA says about itself:

Chile’s faith in the Catholic Church withers from child sex abuse revelations

15 June 2018

Pope Francis announced this week he would accept the resignation of three Chilean bishops, in an ongoing scandal that has grown into a national crisis. Nearly 80 Catholic clergy across the country have been accused of sexually abusing minors over decades, and more have been implicated in the coverup. Jeffrey Brown reports from Santiago, Chile.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Many more abuse cases within Catholic church in Chile

The number of cases of abuse within the Roman Catholic Church in Chile is much larger than expected. The Public Prosecutor announced that there are now 119 investigations. A few weeks ago it was still 38 cases.

According to the public prosecutor, there are suspicions against 167 people, including seven bishops, 96 priests and four deacons. They are said to have abused 178 people or to have covered things up. …

Last year, the accusations of sexual abuse in Chile emerged after Pope Francis had visited the country.

Although the number of abuse cases continues to increase in several countries, the Vatican has not yet come up with a concrete plan of action. For example, no court has been set up where bishops covering up the abuse are being prosecuted, something that Pope Francis had promised earlier.

Catholic Support for War: Another Child Abuse Scandal. The Church cannot condemn child abuse by pedophiles and yet bless the government’s murder of children in its wars, if it wants to be consistent and faithful to Christ, by Brian Terrell.


Clerical child abuse in Chile, people protest

This 21 August 2018 video says about itself:

People in Chile Demand Justice in Sex Abuse Scandal

In Chile dozens of people have held a vigil to demand justice be dished out to perpetrators of sexual abuse. Demonstrators gathered in front of the metropolitan cathedral in the capital Santiago, with candles and flowers.

Chilean clerical child abuse scandal continues

This video says about itself:

Chile: Scandals Tarnished Church`s Image

3 August 2018

This evening we take you to Chile, where the prosecutor’s office continues their investigation into the accusations of sexual abuse against 73 bishops, clerics, and lay workers. This and more headlines now.

Chilean archbishops suspects in child abuse cases

This Deutsche Welle video says about itself:

Chilean police have arrested a prominent Catholic priest who is accused of raping seven children.

Chilean priest arrested over child abuse allegations | DW | 13.07.2018

Chilean priest Oscar Munoz Toledo, who was once the chancellor of Santiago’s archbishopric, was detained Thursday on charges that he sexually abused seven minors. It’s the latest in a series of pedophilia cases in which priests allegedly carried out abuse, ignored it or helped cover it up.

The case: In January, Munoz admitted to abusing a minor. The 56-year-old was initially investigated by the Chilean church, which then referred the case to the Vatican. His arrest came after prosecutors seized church case files on the scandal in June. Munoz is accused of the abuse and statutory rape of seven children. Prosecutor Emiliano Arias said the abuse took place from 2002 on in Santiago and the southern city of Rancagua. Authorities are investigating whether Munoz had accomplices.

Archbishop of Santiago Ricardo Ezzati, who himself has been accused of covering up crimes, said the church would cooperate “in everything that is required.” Referring to Munoz, he added that he felt “a great pain for him, for his family and for the victims.”

Munoz was vice-chancellor before being promoted to chancellor in the Santiago archdiocese in 2011. He is one of several senior priests connected to the widening abuse scandal that has battered the reputation of the Catholic Church in Chile.

Read more here.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Police raids at two archdioceses in Chile for suspicions of abuse

In the south of Chile there have been simultaneous police raids in the offices of two archbishops as part of the investigation of sexual abuse within the Roman Catholic Church in the country. In the cities Temuco and Villarrica, about 700 kilometers south of the capital Santiago, detectives questioned staff of the archbishops and confiscated documents.

Five priests are suspected of sexual abuse in the region. The investigation dates back to 2000. The authorities in Chile are engaged in a major investigation into abuse by Catholic clergy. Interest groups of victims say that this was widespread and that the church which is influential in Chile has done far too little itself against the perpetrators.

Serious negligence

Just today, on the day of the raids, the highest Catholic official in Chile was brought before the court. He is the former chancellor of the archbishop of Santiago, who was arrested yesterday. He is accused of abusing at least five children until last year. If he will be found guilty then he can get a prison term of between two and fifteen years.

The accusations of sexual abuse in Chile began after Pope Francis visited the country in January. Vatican clerics concluded after an investigation that the Chilean bishops can be blamed for serious negligence in their approach to the abuse scandal.

In May, Pope Francis ordered all over thirty Chilean bishops to come to Rome, where they collectively offered their resignation. The pope has accepted that from five of them.

Chilean singer Victor Jara murdered, murderers sentenced at last

This music video shows Chilean singer Victor Jara singing Te Recuerdo Amanda.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Chilean officers convicted of murder of singer in 1973

In Chile, eight former armed forces officers have been sentenced to prison for 15 years for the murder of the singer Victor Jara in 1973. The judge imposed the sentence of 15 years and one day after years of investigation. On 16 September it is 45 years ago that Jara was tortured and shot.

Jara was a popular singer, theater director and professor, who sympathized with the socialist Allende government, which was deposed in the 1973 coup by General Pinochet.

The then 40-year-old Jara and his students, fellow teachers and others were imprisoned in a football stadium in the capital Santiago, which was later named after him.


According to prisoners who survived, soldiers shattered Jara’s fingers so he could never play guitar again. Then he was executed. 44 bullets were found in his body days later.

His daughter and wife have fought for justice for years. In 2009 his body was excavated for investigation.

Two years ago, in Florida, Chilean former soldier Pedro Barrientos was found guilty of torturing and killing Victor Jara. The request for his extradition [from the USA] is still ongoing.

Pope sacks three Chilean child abuse cover-up bishops

This 26 May 2018 video about Chile says about itself:

Why was Bishop Barros appointed in the first place?

Is the Church’s way of appointing bishops fit for purpose? Three years ago I wrote that the appointment of Bishop Barros to the diocese of Osorno would spell trouble for Pope Francis. Unfortunately, I was proved right. For the last three years, trouble has been rumbling.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of three Chilean bishops who play a central role in a child abuse scandal. The Vatican brought the news through a staff update on the website.

At the beginning of this year, Francis strongly defended one of the bishops, Juan Barros. Barros is said to have covered up sexual abuse by a pedophile priest. According to Pope Francis, anyone who accused Barros was guilty of slander.

The pope came under fire because of that remark. Especially in Chile, where people were protesting on the streets. A few days later, the pope apologized for his support for Barros. He appeared to have been misled by the Chilean bishops.

‘Emotional day’

At the end of January, Francis sent an abuse investigator to Chile. At the beginning of May he invited the 34 Chilean bishops in Rome. A week later they all offered their resignation.

The pope has now accepted three of the resignations. It is unclear whether he will do the same with the other 31 dismissals. …

One of the victims of sexual abuse by the priest, Juan Carlos Cruz, tweeted happily about the decision of the pope.

All Chilean bishops resign in child abuse scandal

This video says about itself:

Vatican Defends Appointing Chilean Bishop Accused of Hiding Abuse

31 March 2015

The Vatican on Tuesday strongly defended its appointment of a bishop in Chile despite protests by critics who have accused him of covering up sexual abuse. Juan Barros was installed on March 21 as new bishop of Osorno as supporters holding white balloons and opponents carrying black ones shouted at each other during the ceremony in the city’s cathedral. The appointment outraged some parishioners, national legislators and abuse victims who said Barros had protected one of the nation’s most notorious pedophiles and asked Pope Francis to rescind it. Critics in Chile say Barros was aware of and helped cover up abuse by Father Fernando Karadima, 84, who was a mentor to a number of younger priests, including Barros.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

All Chilean bishops offer resignation due to abuse scandal

All 34 Chilean bishops have submitted their resignation to Pope Francis. They resign because of the abuse scandal within the Catholic Church in Chile. Francis still has to accept the resignation of the bishops.

One of the bishops [Monsignor Juan Barros] is accused of covering up child abuse by a pedophile priest. Francis dismissed these accusations as slander, but after a storm of criticism, he changed that and talked to victims of sexual abuse.