Pope Francis accuses Chilean church sexual abuse victims of slander

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  • Pontiff on allegedly complicit bishop: ‘It’s all calumny. Is that clear?’
  • Comments undermine church’s already shaky reputation in Chile

Pope Francis has accused victims of Chile’s most notorious paedophile of slander, in an astonishing end to a visit meant to help heal the wounds of a sex abuse scandal that has cost the Catholic church its credibility in the country.

Francis said that until he sees proof that Bishop Juan Barros was complicit in covering up the sex crimes of the Rev Fernando Karadima, such accusations against Barros are “all calumny”.

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