Chile sex abuse: Pope Francis begs forgiveness for “serious mistakes”

Pope Francis has written to the Bishops of Chile, calling for their help in healing open wounds caused by “errors and sins” in the handling of clerical sex abuse cases.

SOURCE: Christopher Wells, Vatican News, Rome, (12 April 2018)

“In a remarkable letter addressed to the Bishops of Chile, Pope Francis admits to making “serious mistakes in the assessment and perception of the situation” of clerical sexual abuse.

The Holy Father says he was moved to write the letter after he carefully read the report delivered to him by two special envoys sent to Chile for the express purpose of listening to the stories of victims. Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta and Fr Jordi Bertomeu Farnós were dispatched to receive testimony from alleged victims of clerical sexual abuse after the Pope was publicly criticized for his handling of the case of Bishop Juan Barros, who is accused of covering up, and even participating in, the abuse of men and boys by another priest.”

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