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Vatican punishes abusive Chilean priest
The Vatican has ordered a Chilean priest to retire to a ālife of prayer and penitenceā after he was found guilty of abuse.
- February 22, 2011
The ruling, announced by Santiago Archbishop Ricardo Ezzati said that Father Karadima, 80, would be relocated to a place where he would have no contact with his former parishioners or āpersons that have been spiritually guided by him,ā the New York Times reports.
The Vatican decision āis going to mark a before and after in the way the Chilean Catholic Church proceeds in cases like these, or at least it should,ā said Antonio Delfau, a Jesuit priest in Santiago, the capital. āFrom now on, every case of sexual abuse must be treated with meticulous care and not be based on the gut feeling of a given church official.ā
One original accuser said the abuse began when he was 14.
āAt last the truth was revealed and acknowledged,ā said an emotional Juan Carlos Cruz, 47.
Meanwhile, a commission established by Dutch bishops has received over 2000 reports of sexual and physical abuse, according to former cabinet minister Wim Deetman, who chairs the independent commission investigating abuse in Catholic institutions,
Chilean Priest Found Guilty of Abusing Minors (New York Times)
1,000 names on Deetmanās abuse list (Radio Netherlands Worldwide)
Ernestoceron (Wikipedia/CC 3.0)