The head of Catholic Church Pope Francis will write a personal letter to Chilean bishop’s conference regarding sexual abuse which is surrounding the house of worship.
It was reported that Pope Francis expressed shame for the Church’s failure to listen to and defend survivors of sexual abuse at the hands of the clergy.
A report released by the Chilean bishops’ conference says, the letter from the Pope said that the time of “revision and purification” in the Church was possible through the efforts of abuse survivors “who, against all hope or painted as discredited, did not tire of looking for the truth.”
They are “victims whose cries reached to heaven. I would like to once again publicly thank all of them for the courage and perseverance,” the Pope wrote.
The Vatican announced earlier in the day that “the Pope will send the president of the Chilean bishops’ conference a letter written personally by him and addressed to all the people of God, as he had promised the bishops.”
The Vatican also announced that Pope Francis will send Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta and Father Jordi Bertomeu Farnos back to Chile and visit the Diocese of Osorno “with the aim of advancing the process of reparation and healing of abuse victims.”
Shortly after, Bishop Juan Ignacio Gonzalez Errazuriz of San Bernardo, president of the Chilean bishops’ commission for abuse prevention, and Auxiliary Bishop Fernando Ramos Perez of Santiago, secretary-general of the Chilean bishops’ conference, held a news conference in Santiago to release the eight-page letter.
In January, the Pope sent Archbishop Scicluna and Fr Bertomeu to Chile to listen to people with information about Bishop Juan Barros of Osorno, who, according to survivors, had allegedly witnessed their abuse by his mentor, Fr Fernando Karadima.