Chile could try ex-priest sanctioned by Vatican

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The Scaramento Bee
The Associated Press
Published: Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011 – 2:43 pm


SANTIAGO, Chile — Three men who allege they were abused by a prominent Roman Catholic priest want Chile to prosecute him for sex abuse and not settle for the Vatican’s sanction.

Retired priest Fernando Karadima was ordered by the Vatican to live in seclusion, prayer and repentance for his alleged crimes.

An attorney for the alleged victims – a doctor, philosopher and a journalist – asked Judge Jessica Gonzalez on Tuesday to formally charge Karadima. The former priest’s lawyer, meanwhile, argues that so much time has passed that his 80-year-old client should be absolved.

The judge’s decision could come later this week.

Karadima lives in a convent in Chile’s capital. Accusations against him began in 2003, but only came to light after the victims agreed to appear on television.


1 Response to Chile could try ex-priest sanctioned by Vatican

  1. Sylvia says:

    Be sure to check the link on Fernando Karadimo. This priest has been protected for years. I hope and pray that the judge rules in favour of the victims so that justice can be done. I am inclined to think that Karadimo could spend his days in seclusion, prayer and repentance behind bars at least as well as, if not better than, in a convent.

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