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Pope to decide on publication of Archbishop Scicluna’s report on Chilean sexual child abuses

At the end of his pastoral mission to Chile as the special envoy of Pope Francis, Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna said it is now in the hands of the Pope as to whether the report on child sexual abuse is to be published and whether this should be passed to civil authorities in Chile. This was his second visit to Chile. Earlier in February he gathered information from persons who had been abused of by clerics and he prepared a 2,300 page report.

The mission, for which he was accompanied by Mons Jordi Bertomeu, has now come to an end. Over the last eight days they met hundreds of people in the Chilean capital and received a considerable amount of letters about the scandals perpetrated.

Kneeling in front of a crowd of Chilean Catholics in Osorno Cathedral, Archbishop Scicluna delivered an apology on the Pope’s behalf.

The apology divided the congregation because some did not accept it.

Addressing a media conference, the Archbishop said it is now a decision for the Pope to take whether to publish the 2,300 page report containing witness statements by alleged victims of abuse. The report accuses Chilean Bishops of gross negligence in the way they treated allegations of child abuse and said that reports of evidence of abuse were struck off the record.

Asked whether The Vatican intended to pass the report to Chilean civil authorities, Mons Scicluna said the autonomy of the Church has to be respected. He said the report was not his, but the Pope’s.

The declaration was made against a background of further allegations of alleged abuses in the Chilean towns of Aysen and Temuco.

In recent days Chilean Police have carried out a number of random raids in Church offices and procured documents related to the cases.

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