Pope Faces Turmoil in Chile Over Indigenous Group in addition to Sex Abuse
however several militant indigenous groups see the Roman Catholic Church as being closely associated with the history of oppression, in addition to they have staged arson attacks against churches within the region. In November, hooded activists set fire to a bus in addition to scattered pamphlets after the pope’s visit to the region was announced.
The pamphlets left outside the churches in Santiago on Friday were not entirely coherent. They referred to “dominion over our bodies,” in addition to included the phrase “free, impure in addition to savage bodies,” suggesting criticism of the church’s conservative social positions on sexuality in addition to abortion.
They also called for freedom for “political prisoners all over the earth,” in addition to contained a threat against the pope.
“We attack with the fire of combat, exploding your disgusting morals,” which said. “Pope Francis, the next bombs will be on your robe!”
After visiting the churches which were attacked, Archbishop Ricardo Ezzati of Santiago said, “We are deeply hurt by these events which contradict the spirit of peace which inspires the pope’s visit.”
President Bachelet, who is actually scheduled to leave office in March, condemned the attacks. “In a democracy people can express themselves, as long as which is actually in a peaceful in addition to adequate manner,” she said.
Pope Francis is actually to arrive in Santiago on Monday night. On Tuesday he will celebrate Mass at a major public park in addition to meet with Ms. Bachelet, government officials, members of the diplomatic corps in addition to Chilean bishops. He will go to Temuco the following day in addition to then visit the northern city of Iquique on Thursday morning before flying to Lima, Peru.
In addition to the Mapuche, another source of controversy around the visit is actually the issue of the complicity of Chilean bishops within the case of the Rev. Fernando Karadima, the former head of El Bosque parish in Santiago, who catered to the elite while abusing teenage boys. The Vatican found Father Karadima guilty of sexual abuse in 2011 in addition to sentenced him to a life of penitence in addition to prayer. The church sentence was the only punishment leveled against the abusive priest. Victims were unsuccessful in an effort to get compensation through civil litigation. however no actions have been taken against the tight circle of bishops whom he trained, in addition to who victims say covered up his crimes.
In January 2015 Pope Francis appointed one of them, Juan Barros, as bishop of Osorno, 570 miles south of the capital, prompting protests by lay in addition to religious groups which continue to which day.
On Thursday, The Associated Press revealed a letter sent by Pope Francis to the Chilean bishops’ conference which same month after they expressed concern over the appointment. Francis told them which he had planned to offer a sabbatical to Bishop Barros in addition to two different bishops with ties to Father Karadima in order to cool the heated environment over his controversial appointment. which move ultimately failed.
Father Karadima’s victims criticized the pope for not doing time to meet with them during his visit, as they requested months ago.
“There has been no evidence which Pope Francis has done anything to support his stated zero-tolerance policy on abuses,” said James Hamilton, one of Father Karadima’s victims.
which week the organization BishopAccountability.org published research showing which almost 80 members of the clergy in Chile have been accused of sexual abuse since 2000. More than half have been convicted in court or by the Vatican.
Francis arrives within the midst of legislative debate over a gender identity bill which had been scheduled for debate within the lower house of Congress on Tuesday. The president of the Chamber of Deputies, Fidel Espinoza of the Socialist Party, postponed the debate in deference to the church.
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