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All of Chile's 34 bishops RESIGN over a sex abuse and cover-up scandal after crisis meeting with the Pope

Pope Francis has accused Chile's bishops of destroying evidence of sex crimes 

  • Francis said the entire Chilean church hierarchy was collectively responsible
  • In a leaked 2,300-page report, the pope blasted the entire Chilean church hierarchy for their 'grave defects' in handling abuse cases
  • All 34 Chilean bishops have now offered to resign following the crisis meeting 


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    • By Jack Ryan
      SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Chilean police and prosecutors on Wednesday launched separate and unexpected raids on Roman Catholic Church offices to seize documents relating to mounting claims of sexual abuse and cover-up. 
        Chilean national prosecutor Jorge Abbott (C) arrive at a apostolic nunciature for a meeting with Special Vatican envoys archbishop Charles Scicluna and father Jordi Bertomeu in Santiago, Chile June 13, 2018. REUTERS/Rodrigo Garrido
      The raids came just hours before Vatican abuse investigators sent by Pope Francis met the country’s top prosecutor to discuss collaborating on civil and canonical probes. 
      Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta, a special envoy from the Vatican, told reporters that it was “very important” that Church and state work together to protect children alleged to have been abused by priests and clergymen. 
      “The canonical process should in no way impede the right of people to exercise their right to civil justice,” he said at a news conference in the capital Santiago.

      Special Vatican envoys archbishop Charles Scicluna and father Jordi Bertomeu attend a news conference in Santiago, Chile June 12, 2018. REUTERS/Rodrigo Garrido
      Hours earlier, police and prosecutors raided the Church’s judicial office in Santiago, surprising Church leaders. 
      Jaime Ortiz de Lazcano, the Archbishop of Santiago’s legal advisor, said he was in a meeting with Scicluna when he was asked to go to a court hearing about the impending seizure of documents relating to an abuse case the Church had investigated in January. 
      “I was very surprised when they told me ‘Father, go to the court because there’s going to be a raid,’” he told reporters. 
      “It’s not common that (prosecutors) solicit information from a canonical investigation, but we are entirely willing to cooperate.” 
      Prosecutor Emiliano Arias told reporters outside the Santiago raid that he was investigating “individuals working for the Catholic Church, not the Catholic Church itself.” 
      “In Chile, everyone is subject to ordinary justice,” Arias said. 
      Prosecutors and police earlier in the day raided the office of the bishop of Rancagua, south of the capital, to seize documents. Rancagua’s bishop suspended 14 priests last month amid allegations of “improper conduct.” 
      Chilean prosecutors have also submitted a formal request to the Vatican for information it has gathered about priests and Church workers accused of sexual abuse, the local El Mercurio newspaper reported on Wednesday. 
      The judicial authorities are at present investigating “at least 40” cases of abuse within the Church from across the country, the paper added. 
      Scicluna and his colleague Father Jordi Bertomeu, a Spanish official from the Vatican, arrived in Chile on Tuesday with orders from Pope Francis to ensure the Church responds to “every case of sexual abuse of minors committed by clergymen.” 
      Their mission follows the surfacing of multiple allegations of sexual abuse and cover-up in the Church dating back decades. 
      Reporting by Aislinn Laing, Dave Sherwood and Antonio de la Jara in Santiago; editing by Caroline Stauffer

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    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      Así lo anuncio en una conferencia de prensa encabezada por Fernando Ramos, obispo auxiliar de Santiago y secretario general de la Conferencia Episcopal. 
      reinta y cuatro obispos chilenos han renunciado por un escándalo de abuso sexual infantil dentro de la Iglesia en Chile después de tres días de reuniones con el Papa Francisco en el Vaticano, dijo el viernes un vocero de los obispos. "Nosotros, todos los obispos presentes en Roma, hemos presentado nuestra renuncia al Santo Padre para que él decida libremente por cada uno de nosotros", se indicó en un comunicado leído por el vocero. Estas fueron las declaraciones que entregaron durante la mañana de este viernes los obispos chilenos en una conferencia de prensa encabezada por Fernando Ramos, obispo auxiliar de Santiago y secretario general de la Conferencia Episcopal. Así, confirmaron que dejan en las manos del Sumo Pontífice su futuro, tras haberse reunido por tres días con él en el Vaticano y tras la fuerte crisis que debió enfrentar la Iglesia chilena por los casos de abusos registrados.
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      Both Chile and Germany qualified to the finals of the Confederations Cup 2017 finals by defeating Portugal and Mexico respectively. Chile vs Germany final match will kick-start at 7 PM BST or 11:30 PM IST at Stadion Krestovskyi. Based on the Cover365 predictions, Germany will win the finals of FIFA 2017 Confederations Cup by defeating Chile in Russia.
      Chile entered into the finals by defeating Portugal in the Penalty shots in the last week Semi-final game. The Chile vs Germany live streaming will be telecasted on the following TV Channels, the United States – Fox Sports GO, Fox Sports 1 USA, the United Kingdom – ITV 1 UK, India – TEN 1 and TEN 2 channels, Germany – ORF 1, ZDF, Chile – TVN, Canal 13 channels. Playing 11 of Chile vs Germany has been announced already.

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      By Guest Nicole
      Evacuation order and tsunami watch lifted three hours after the Christmas Day quake struck, allowing 5,000 people to return home

      A road in Tarahuin, Chiloé Island, damaged by the earthquake on Sunday. Photograph: Alvaro Vidal/EPA
      A major 7.6-magnitude earthquake hit southern Chile on Sunday, prompting thousands to evacuate coastal areas, but no fatalities or major damage were reported.
      Chile’s national emergency office (Onemi) lifted both the evacuation order and a tsunami watch three hours after the Christmas Day quake struck and told nearly 5,000 people who had been evacuated they could return to their homes.
      Onemi said one bridge in the area was impassible as crews worked to restore electricity to 21,000 homes without power.
      Officials had issued a tsunami warning earlier for areas within 620 miles (1,000km) of the epicentre of the quake 140 miles south-west of Puerto Montt, but the warning was downgraded to a tsunami watch. Eight mostly small ports in the area were closed, Chile’s navy said.
      The quake was felt on the other side of the Andes mountains in Argentina, but structural damage in areas close to the epicentre was limited, witnesses said.
      “There was a lot, a lot of movement here, but besides that nothing of note, there weren’t houses falling,” said Alamiro Vera, owner of the Cabanas hotel in the southern Chile fishing town of Quellon. “It was just scary, and some things inside fell.”
      A Reuters witness said some roads and at least one bridge were damaged in Quellon, on Chiloe Island, a tourist destination in Chile’s Los Lagos region.
      The quake’s depth was about 20 miles, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said. According to media reports, the quake was felt in the south-west Argentinian city of Bariloche.
      The area hit by Sunday’s quake was south of Valdivia, Chile, where 1,655 people died in a 1960 quake ranked by the USGS as the most powerful recorded in Chile. 
      The region is home to several industrial salmon farms and is a tourism hub. An official with Chile’s national fish and aquaculture service said several companies had evacuated employees and were evaluating their facilities for possible damage.
      Chile’s state-run oil company, Enap, said its Bio Bio refinery in southern Chile was operating normally. The Puerto Montt airport was also operating normally, a spokesman said.
      Chile has a long history of deadly quakes, including an 8.8-magnitude quake in 2010 off the south-central coast, which triggered a tsunami that devastated coastal towns.
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      Meet 
      Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. , Chilean dictator from 1973-1990.  Not a very nice guy.
      And…
      So here we have a guy who solidified his power by killing and otherwise punishing his opponents and who procured extravagant wealth through corrupt means.  Because this is so similar to how the Catholic Church secured its power, you can imagine how they’d want to separate themselves from Pinochet.  Which they did publicly…however,
      Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. , we now know that the Holy See told the State Department and Henry Kissinger that they supported Pinochet. And just as recently as 2010 the Catholic Church in Chile was 
      Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. . This is incredibly odd behavior if the Catholic Church is representative of a loving god’s will on earth.  Of course, stuff like this is exactly what we’d expect to see if the Catholic Church was a political organization interested primarily in its own power, run by corruptible mortals.
      I’d ask Mark Shea or Thomas McDonald for an explanation, but they tend to go quiet about stuff like this.

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