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www.independent.co.uk 2017 Report: “Catholic archbishop says he would rather go to prison than report child abuse heard in confession”.

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www.yahoo.com “VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis received a victim’s letter in 2015 that graphically detailed how a priest sexually abused him and how other Chilean clergy ignored it, contradicting the pope’s recent insistence that no victims had come forward to denounce the cover-up, the letter’s author and members of Francis’ own sex- abuse commission have told The Associated Press. The fact that Francis received the eight-page letter, obtained by the AP, challenges his insistence that he has “zero tolerance” for sex abuse and cover-ups. It also calls into question his stated empathy with abuse survivors, compounding the most serious crisis of his five-year papacy. The scandal exploded last month when Francis’ trip to South America was marred by protests over his vigorous defense of Bishop Juan Barros, who is accused by victims of witnessing and ignoring the abuse by the Rev. Fernando Karadima. During the trip, Francis callously dismissed accusations against Barros as “slander,” seemingly unaware that victims had placed him at the scene of Karadima’s crimes. On the plane home, confronted by an AP reporter, the pope said: “You, in all good will, tell me that there are victims, but I haven’t seen any, because they haven’t come forward.” But members of the pope’s Commission for the Protection of Minors say that in April 2015, they sent a delegation to Rome specifically to hand-deliver a letter to the pope about Barros. The letter from Juan Carlos Cruz detailed the abuse, kissing and fondling he says he suffered at Karadima’s hands, which he said Barros and others saw but did nothing to stop. Four members of the commission met with Francis’ top abuse adviser, Cardinal Sean O’Malley, explained their objections to Francis’ recent appointment of Barros as a bishop in southern Chile, and gave him the letter to deliver to Francis. “When we gave him (O’Malley) the letter for the pope, he assured us he would give it to the pope and speak of the concerns,” then-commission member Marie Collins told the AP. “And at a later date, he assured us that that had been done.” Cruz, who now lives and works in Philadelphia, heard the same later that year. “Cardinal O’Malley called me after the pope’s visit here in Philadelphia and he told me, among other things, that he had given the letter to the pope — in his hands,” he said in an interview at his home Sunday. Neither the Vatican nor O’Malley responded to multiple requests for comment. While the 2015 summit of Francis’ commission was known and publicized at the time, the contents of Cruz’s letter — and a photograph of Collins handing it to O’Malley — were not disclosed by members. Cruz provided the letter, and Collins provided the photo, after reading an AP story that reported Francis had claimed to have never heard from any Karadima victims about Barros’ behavior.”

 

www.dailymail.co.uk “Outrage in Chile as Pope accuses pedophile victims of slander at the end of a visit meant to address sex abuse scandal”.

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www.news.com.au “POPE Francis has apologised for insisting that victims of paedophile priests should show “proof” before they can be believed, saying he realised it was a “slap in the face” to victims that he never intended. But he doubled down in defending a Chilean bishop accused by victims of covering up for the country’s most notorious paedophile priest, and he repeated that anyone who makes such accusations without providing evidence is guilty of slander. Pope Francis issued the partial apology in an airborne press conference as he returned home to the Vatican from Chile and Peru, where the clergy abuse scandal and his own comments plunged the Chilean church into renewed crisis.”

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www.bbc.co.uk “The UN has accused the Vatican of “systematically” adopting policies allowing priests to sexually abuse thousands of children.” “Two major reports into Irish allegations of paedophilia in 2009 revealed the shocking extent of abuse, cover-ups and hierarchical failings involving thousands of victims, and stretching back decades. In one, four Dublin archbishops were found to have in effect turned a blind eye to cases of abuse from 1975 to 2004.” “A fresh scandal erupted in March 2010 when it emerged the head of the Irish Catholic Church, Cardinal Sean Brady, was present at meetings in 1975 where children signed vows of silence over complaints against a paedophile priest, Fr Brendan Smyth. This prompted Pope Benedict XVI to apologise to Irish victims.” “Vatican officials submitted publicly to questioning for the first time in January 2013, before a UN panel in Geneva, but refused to supply data on abuse cases. Pope Francis’s predecessor, Benedict XVI, was accused of suppressing the investigation of paedophile priests, a charge he denied last year.”

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Some people have nicknamed Pope Francis, ‘Pope Pedo Protector’.

(Pope Pedo Protector = 1332 in English Gematria)

www.foxnews.com “The clerical sex abuse scandal unfolding at an institute for hearing impaired children in Argentina is now touching Pope Francis himself, after alleged victims of Rev. Nicola Corradi said they wrote a letter to the pontiff in 2014 warning him that the purported pedophile had been reassigned to the South American country. Corradi, 82, and another priest, 55-year-old Horacio Corbacho, were arrested last month along with three employees for the alleged abuse of at least 24 deaf children who attended the Antonio Provolo Institute, in the city of Mendoza. Police raided the institute and found magazines featuring naked women and about $34,000 in Corradi’s room.” “They allege nothing was done then nor later in 2014, when they told Pope Francis in a letter that Corradi was living in his native Argentina. All five suspects in the Mendoza case are being held in jail and have not spoken publicly since their arrest.”

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www.thedailybeast.com “The Pedophile-Blind Cardinal Who Could Bring Down Pope Francis”. “An Australian royal commission on clerical crimes finds evidence that one of the Vatican’s most senior cardinals turned a blind eye to sex abuse.”

www.independent.co.uk “Cardinal George Pell: Top adviser to Pope charged with multiple sex offences given ‘leave of absence’ by Vatican”. “Pell, 76, is the highest-ranking Vatican official to ever be charged in the church’s long-running sexual abuse scandal, and the developments posed a major new obstacle for Francis”.

www.telegraph.co.uk “George Pell accuser dies before court case against Australia’s most senior Catholic” “One of the men who accused Cardinal George Pell – Australia’s most senior Catholic – of child sex assault has died, in a development that could weaken the criminal case against the cardinal.”

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www.catholicherald.co.uk  “Pope Francis has quietly reduced sanctions against a handful of paedophile priests, applying his vision of a merciful Church even to its worst offenders in ways that survivors of abuse and the Pope’s own advisers question.”

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www.nbcnews.com “Pope Francis on Saturday scrapped his proposed tribunal to prosecute bishops who covered up for pedophile priests after it ran into opposition and instead clarified legal procedures to remove them if the Vatican finds they were negligent. The new procedures sought to answer long-standing demands by survivors of abuse that the Vatican hold bishops accountable for botching abuse cases. Victims have long accused bishops of covering up for pedophiles, moving rapists from parish to parish rather than reporting them to police — and suffering no consequences.”

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www.dailymail.co.uk  “Pope Francis has acknowledged the Vatican has 2,000 clerical sex abuse cases backlogged for processing, but he added that more staff are being brought in to improve progress. This is the first time the pope has responded to the criticism of how the Vatican is handling sex abuse cases since Marie Collins resigned from the Vatican’s sex abuse commission on March 1. The prominent Irish abuse survivor left the advisory board citing the ‘unacceptable’ lack of cooperation from Cardinal Gerhard Mueller’s office, which processes canonical cases against pedophile priests.”

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www.independent.co.uk “Pope Francis may be ‘backsliding’ on paedophile priest crackdown, senior Catholic official warns”.

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www.usatoday.com “Pope Francis has quietly reduced sanctions against a handful of pedophile priests, applying his vision of a merciful church even to its worst offenders in ways that survivors of abuse and the pope’s own advisers question. One case has come back to haunt him: An Italian priest who received the pope’s clemency was later convicted by an Italian criminal court for his sex crimes against children as young as 12. The Rev. Mauro Inzoli is now facing a second church trial after new evidence emerged against him, The Associated Press has learned. The Inzoli case is one of several in which Francis overruled the advice of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and reduced a sentence that called for the priest to be defrocked, two canon lawyers and a church official told AP. Instead, the priests were sentenced to penalties including a lifetime of penance and prayer and removal from public ministry.” “In some cases, the priests or their high-ranking friends appealed to Francis for clemency by citing the pope’s own words about mercy in their petitions, the church official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the proceedings are confidential. “With all this emphasis on mercy … he is creating the environment for such initiatives,” the church official said, adding that clemency petitions were rarely granted by Pope Benedict XVI, who launched a tough crackdown”

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