Police in Chile Search Catholic Church Offices in Abuse Investigation

SANTIAGO, Chile — The police and prosecutors raided Roman Catholic Church offices in 2 cities on Wednesday looking for files, investigative stories and records related to your sexual abuse scandal that has damaged the clergy’s reputation in Chile.

The surprise raids focused the intersection of both Santiago’s Ecclesiastical courtroom and also the bishop’s division in Rancagua at the O’Higgins location, at which 14 priests are accused of having had sexual relations with minors.

Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati, the archbishop of Santiago, explained church authorities “gave the prosecutor most of the documentation. ” He added they were ldquo;available to collaborate with the justice process in most of that will be demanded. ”

In might, most of Chile’s active bishops offered to stop having failed to shield kids from priests that raped, groped and molested them.

Wednesday’s raids came as two leading Vatican investigators — Archbishop Charles Scicluna and Msgr. Jordi Bertomeu — will be in Chile to investigate the sexual abuse of minors by the clergy.

On Monday, Pope Francis began purging members of Chile’s church hierarchy over the abuse situations, requiring the resignations of their bishop at the middle of the scandal and two others.

Arch Bishop Scicluna and Monsignor Bertomeu happen to gather a 2,300-page report that stated the Municipal church ruler had covered or diminished abuse cases, destroyed signs, driven church investigators into discredit accusers and proven “tomb neglect ” in protecting children.