Pope Francis Apologies To Chile's Victims of Pedophile Priests As Churches Burn
Pope Francis has apologised to the child victims of Chile's pedophile priests
Pope Francis has apologized to the child victims of Chile's pedophile priests stating he "deeply regrets" the sex abuse against children in the country.
Activists protesting the Pontiff visit to Chile described him as "satanic" before burning at least nine churches over the past few days.
The Pope said he was “bound to express my pain and shame,” following reports of Chilean pedophile priest had been committed sexual abuse against children.
Francis said: “I am one with my brother bishops, for it is right to ask forgiveness and make every effort to support the victims, even as we commit ourselves to ensuring that such things do not happen again."
Only today, Francis was struck in the face with an object by angry protesters whilst traveling to an open-air mass in Chile’s capital, Santiago.
According to Press TV: The top Vatican authority, the first Latin American pope in history, arrived in Chile late on Monday. He held his first public Mass to the cheers and jubilation of tens of thousands of well-wishers.
However, the trip has been marred by the famous sex scandal, which first emerged in 2010, and also deep-rooted anger among the Chileans for Francis’ appointment of pontiffs that had been connected to the scandal.
At least nine churches have been set ablaze or firebombed in the past few days while protests have been planned for Tuesday and Wednesday by those opposed to Juan Barros, the bishop of the southern city of Osorno, whom many accuse of being very close to Chile’s most notorious pedophile priest, Reverend Fernando Karadima, who was sacked in 2011 by the Vatican.
According to DW.com, Pope Francis made no direct mention of Fernando Karadima, the country’s most notorious priest, who was sanctioned by the Vatican in 2011 to a lifetime of “penance and prayer” for sexually molesting minors.
He also did not mention the fact that the emeritus archbishop of Santiago knew of complaints against Karadima — a charismatic and well-connected priest — but did not remove him from ministry.