Pope Francis received a victim’s letter in 2015 detailing sexual abuses they were subjected to by a priest, raising questions about inconsistent statements and a possible cover-up by Chilean church authorities.
In the 8-page letter, which was obtained by the AP, Frances reportedly was aware of the top Chilean church officials covering up acts of sexual misconduct, which directly contradicts statements made by the pope that no victims had come forward and spoken about being sexually abused.
The letter strongly suggests Francis was well-aware of his own sex-abuse commission lying and attempting to protect a priest who abused a young boy.
The scandal first took off last month when Francis’ trip to South America was swarmed with protesters pushing back against the pope’s defense of Bishop Juan Barros.
Barros is accused of covering up several cases of sexual abuse by Rev. Fernando Karadima.
Francis has maintained that no allegations of sexual misconduct have been covered up, but the 2015 letter indicates he read the letter graphically detailing what happened to them.
On a plane ride home last month, Francis told reporters: “You, in all good will, tell me that there are victims, but I haven’t seen any because they haven’t come forward.”
But the pope’s Commission for the Protection of Minors says they sent a delegation to Rome in April 2015 to specifically hand-deliver the letter to the pope about Barros’ sexual abuse and misconduct.
The letter from Juan Carlos Cruz explained how Karadima abused, kissed, and fondled him while Barros and others witnesses and did nothing about it.
The letter to the pope also featured a photograph of a member of the delegation giving the letter to Cardinal O’Malley, a top confidant to Francis.
Unless Cardinal O’Malley is lying, which many would find impossible to believe, Francis allowed a sexual abuse case to be covered-up and swept under the rug.
Source: Associated Press