Nuns’ reports of abuse investigated
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 halfdozen 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 there.
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.
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