Chile RC bishops sorry for abuse, Brazilian priests scandal

April 21, 2010
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The Roman Catholic Church in Chile on Tuesday said there had been 20 confirmed or alleged cases of child abuse by priests, and asked for forgiveness from the victims.

Monsignor Alejandro Goic, head of Chile’s bishops’ conference, said that in five of the cases sentences had been imposed, in another five trials were still under way, and in 10 others priests had been absolved or results were pending.

“There is no place in the priesthood for those who abuse minors, and there is nothing that can justify this crime,” Goic said, reading a statement after an assembly of Chile’s Episcopal Conference. Read the full story here.

In northeastern Brazil, three Roman Catholic priests are suspected of sexually abusing children in a scandal that arose after a video showed one of the priests in a sex act with a young man. 

 Luiz Marques Barbosa, a Catholic monsignor in the city of Arapiraca in Alagaos state, was arrested late on Sunday after a congressional commission examined the video and heard witness statements from alleged victims.

Local police chief Barbara Arraes told Reuters that Barbosa, who media said was between 82 and 84 years old, and two other priests were suspected of abusing children and that prosecutors are now deciding whether to file charges. Read the full story here.

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