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Protesters target Pope’s man in Chile

Protesters target Pope’s man in Chile

Riot police were out in force yesterday when angry crowds gathered in Osorno to protest against the ordination of a bishop accused of covering up sex crimes.

According to this report, hundreds of churchgoers dressed in the black of mourning denounced Juan Barros as he took over as bishop of the southern city. Many called for him to immediately resign.

Police had to escort Barros out of the church after his ordination, which was attended by only 15 of the country’s 35 bishops and about 20 of the 35 priests in the diocese some 580 miles (930 kilometers) south of Santiago.

While Barros himself is not accused of molestation, at least three victims of sex abuse say he was present when they were molested by the Rev Fernando Karadima in the 1980s and 90s.

Juan Carlos Cruz, a 51-year-old journalist who is one of the accusers, said:

I hold the Pope responsible. 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.

Barros had long declined to comment publicly on allegations against him. However he sent a letter to priests in the diocese saying he did not know about Karadima’s abuses when they happened. He wrote:

I never had knowledge of, or could have imagined, the serious abuses that this priest committed against the victims.

The Pope confirmed his decision to appoint Barros after he recently met with him.

More than 1,300 church members in Osorno, along with some 30 priests from the diocese and 51 of Chile’s 120 congress members sent letters to Francis last month urging him to rescind the appointment.

A Vatican investigation found Karadima, one of Chile’s most prominent priests, guilty of sex abuse in 2011 and sentenced the now 84-year-old priest to a cloistered life of “penitence and prayer”.

Criminal charges against him were thrown out because the statute of limitations had expired.

Cruz said that he and another teen boy would lie down on Karadima’s bed, one resting his head at the man’s shoulder, another sitting near his feet. The priest would kiss the boys and grope them, he said, while Barros watched.

10 responses to “Protesters target Pope’s man in Chile”

  1. Me says:

    Same old …same old. Why don’t people realise that religion is a scam…..the biggest scam in human history….perpetrated by those who from positions of power exploit the poor and vulnerable ….ruthlessly and mercilessly…and have done so for centuries. …usually with violence ….and always under the threat of divine hellfire punishment. Open your eyes and cast off the stud of belief in the unbelievable.

  2. Broga says:

    These paedo priests love their big hats and golden robes. The encouraging aspect of this is that even priests in significant numbers can’t accept this man’s promotion. Another nail in the coffin of the wonderful Pope if only his supine flock could see it.

  3. L.Long says:

    OH!! You poor sad catlicks. Your so soft and tender, remember the RCC is controlled by the POPE and CARDINALS, you bunch of dimwitted idiots!!!
    You should be proud that your kid was the one selected to please the priest.
    SO!!! IF you can’t handle the decisions made by your betters than stand up smell the TRUTH that religion is PURE BS and QUIT!!!!! Get OUT!!!
    It is NOT the sheeple’s place to change things, your place is BLIND OBEDIENCE!!!! Live with it or quit!!!

  4. dennis says:

    and then today the pope has accomplished a miracle with dried blood , “BLIND OBEDIENCE!!!!”L. Long “BLIND OBEDIENCE!!!!” from gansta Naples.

  5. Cali Ron says:

    They are pissed today, but they will get over it and continue to follow the church, like lemmings over the cliff of rationality, their personal choice dashed on the rocks of religious indoctrination and intolerance. Sheeple, bah bah bahhing their way to church to be fleeced, policed and then released from their guilt until next week. Repeat!

  6. AgentCormac says:

    I have to say I find this rather encouraging – the faithful finally having the courage to voice their anger not only at the ‘man on the ground’ who covered up for his paedophile colleagues, but also against the PR machine which is Frankie at the top of this truly loathsome, despicable organisation.

  7. Marky Mark says:

    I read an article recently where the religious folks were saying that the Internet is the worst thing to happen to their poor disgusting religion…as people are educating themselves.
    Just maybe the Internet is having some influence there in S. America, one of the last strongholds for the catlick church.

  8. barriejohn says:

    Wait a minute; isn’t that Cyril Fletcher in the photo?

    A bishop in Chile, it’s said,
    Watched boys being fondled in bed;
    He said: “I’ll keep mum,
    Karadima’s my chum”,
    And he thus gained promotion instead.

  9. Vanity Unfair says:

    “Criminal charges against him were thrown out because the statute of limitations had expired.”
    It’s difficult to imagine, in England, that such a serious crime could even have a period of limitation for prosecution. That there is no statute of limitation on crime in general is a fact that various celebrities have recently had brought to their attention in the most forceful manner imaginable.
    Whether there should be a statute of limitations is another matter. Imagine no “Waking the Dead” nor “New Tricks” for a start.