Former Chilean army lieutenant is on trial in Orlando, accused of torturing and assassinating songwriter and poet Victor Jara during a 1973 military coup in Chile.
A news channel aired a recording of Pope Francis defending Bishop Juan Barros, recently assigned to Osorno, Chile, despite allegations that Barros covered up clergy sex abuse.
Priests and laypeople in Osorno are angry and bewildered at the way their local church has been steamrollered and their appeals ignored.
The cardinals advising Pope Francis on reforming the Curia have discussed the issue of accountability for Catholic bishops who mishandle cases of clergy sexual abuse.
The Vatican said the bishop's candidature was "carefully examined" prior to his appointment but no "objective reasons" were found to preclude it.
Two members of the new Vatican commission advising Pope Francis on clergy sexual abuse have said they are both concerned and surprised at the pontiff's decision to appoint a bishop in Chile who is accused of covering up abuse, and even witnessing it, while he was a priest.
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"You see the distance between the people and the church authorities; the people need to see in their authorities their own problems and lives."
Today, 77-year-old Fr. Gerardo Joannon lives in semi-seclusion, suspended from his parish work, accused of arranging illegal adoptions for teenage girls from prominent families.
Nuns stand accused of working with a network of doctors, nurses and administrators to steal babies from mothers right after they were born.