Fernando Karadima, found guilty of pedophilia, died in Chile at the age of 90. The former priest was expelled from the priesthood by Pope Francis in 2018. The influential Jesuit abused children and teenagers for decades.
Fernando Karadima, who died on Monday at the age of 90, has become one of the gloomy symbols of the pedophilia scandal in the Catholic Church in Chile, where – as revealed in recent years by Vatican investigations – his actions were long covered up by local bishops.
It was the Karadima scandal that led to the fact that all over 30 bishops from Chile submitted their resignations to Pope Francis. Some of them were accepted by him. Francis also invited victims of pedophilia from this country to the Vatican to hear their reports.
Statements by victims of a former priest
“Fernando Karadima, a former Catholic priest who has sexually and spiritually abused many people, including us, has died,” three victims of the former priest wrote on Monday. The communiqué emphasized that the former Jesuit was one of the links in the “abuse and cover-up mentality in the Church”.
Victims indicated that they are “at peace with themselves” and determined to “continue the fight to ensure that these crimes never happen again” and for justice for those who went through it. The statement was signed by James Hamilton Sanchez, Jose Andres Murillo Urrutia and Juan Carlos Cruz Chellew, who is a member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Juveniles, appointed by Francis.
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