Vat­i­can in­ves­ti­gat­ing nuns’ re­ports of abuse

Ottawa Sun - - NEWS -

VAT­I­CAN CITY — The Vat­i­can has launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into a small Chilean re­li­gious or­der of nuns af­ter some sis­ters de­nounced sex­ual abuse at the hands of priests and mis­treat­ment by their su­pe­ri­ors.

The scan­dal at the In­sti­tute of the Good Sa­mar­i­tan was re­vealed pub­licly in an in­ves­tiga­tive re­port by Chilean na­tional tele­vi­sion this year at the height of out­rage over how Chilean Catholic hier­ar­chy cov­ered up decades of sex­ual abuse of chil­dren by priests.

In the re­port, a half-dozen cur­rent and for­mer nuns said sis­ters were thrown out of the or­der af­ter they de­nounced the abuse to their su­pe­ri­ors. The re­port fol­lowed the sis­ters as they tes­ti­fied be­fore two Vat­i­can in­ves­ti­ga­tors sent to Chile by Pope Fran­cis to get to the bot­tom of the church-wide scan­dal.

In a state­ment, the Vat­i­can em­bassy to Chile an­nounced an “apos­tolic vis­i­ta­tion,” or in­ves­ti­ga­tion, be­gan Wed­nes­day in the in­sti­tute. It said in the com­ing months the probe will take tes­ti­mony so the Vat­i­can can un­der­stand the sit­u­a­tion and make what­ever changes are nec­es­sary.

POPE FRAN­CIS In­ves­ti­ga­tors sent to Chile

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