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Pope Francis Lied to Protect Priest Who Allegedly Covered Up Child Sex Abuse

Pope Francis said he had never seen a "single piece of proof" suggesting Bishop Juan Barros sexually abused children. A newly released letter says otherwise.

2015 Letter May Be Trouble for Pope Francis

Pope Francis found himself courting controversy on a recent visit to Chile when he defended Bishop Juan Barros, who has been accused of covering up the actions of a pedophile priest. Francis insisted that he considers the allegations against the bishop "slander" because nobody has ever come forward with evidence...

Key dates in pope defending bishop accused of abuse cover-up

2 weeks agoReligion / Islam : On Faith

Pope Francis’ appointment of Bishop Juan Barros to head the small diocese of Osorno, Chile encountered opposition when it was announced three years ago and has contributed to a credibility crisis for the Chilean Catholic Church in the time since.

Pope Sends Vatican Investigator To Meet Controversial Chilean Bishop's Accusers

Francis had previously called the accusations against Bishop Juan Barros "slander."

Pope partially apologizes to Chilean abuse victims, but still backs controversial bishop

4 weeks agoNews : BlogPost

It was supposed to be an apology tour, but the pope’s Chile visit drew unexpected ire last week after the head of the Catholic Church came to the support of Juan Barros, a bishop accused of covering up sexual abuse. The remarks came at the end of a visit that was intended to ease tensions between the church and […]

Pope Francis apologizes for upsetting sex abuse survivors but stands by controversial bishop

4 weeks agoReligion / Islam : On Faith

The pope set off a firestorm of criticism last week when he defended Chile's Bishop Juan Barros, who is accused of covering up sex abuse.

Pope sparks outrage in Chile after backing bishop accused of covering up abuse

last monthNews : BlogPost

It was supposed to be an apology tour but the pope’s Chile visit drew unexpected ire on Thursday after the head of the Catholic Church came to the support of Juan Barros, a bishop accused of covering up sexual abuse. The remarks came at the end of a visit that was intended to soothe tensions between the […]

Pope Accuses Clergy Sex Abuse Victims Of Slander

The victims claim Bishop Juan Barros protected a pedophile priest.

Vatican Defends Naming Of Juan Barros, Bishop Who Caused Uproar In Chile

3 years agoNews : Huffington Post

VATICAN CITY (AP) - The Vatican is defending Pope Francis' appointment of a Chilean bishop despite allegations from victims that the prelate had covered up for a pedophile priest. A Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Ciro Benedettini, saidShow More Summary

Pope Gets Pushback From Sex Abuse Commission On Bishop Juan Barros Appointment

3 years agoNews : Huffington Post

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Several members of Pope Francis' sex abuse advisory board are expressing concern and incredulity over his decision to appoint a Chilean bishop to a diocese despite allegations from victims that he covered up for Chile's...Show More Summary

Daily Headlines: March 23, 2015

Chile: Scores of protesters gathered in Osorno against the appointment of Bishop Juan Barros and accused him of helping cover up sexual abuse by Father Fernando Karadima. Argentina: An Argentine attorney has come under fire for posting a tweet with an “appalling” photo of the bloodied body of the late prosecutor Alberto Nisman. Show More Summary

Chilean Catholics protest naming of bishop linked to sex abuse

3 years agoReligion : FaithWorld

Black balloons in hand, hundreds of Catholics gathered at a church in the small Chilean city of Osorno on Saturday to protest the appointment of bishop Juan Barros, accused of protecting one of the nation's most notorious pedophiles...

Bishop ordained in Chile despite abuse cover-up claims

Juan Barros, accused of condoning sex abuse crimes, appointed in city of Osorno as hundreds protested outside ceremony.

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