Pope Francis Accuses Chilean Survivors Of Slander

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On the last day of Pope Francis' trip to Chile, Francis defended a Chilean bishop, saying: "The day they bring me proof against Bishop Barros I'll speak. There is not one shred of proof against him. It's all calumny. Is that clear?"

Chilean sexual abuse victims claim that Bishop Juan Barros covered up abuse by Father Fernando Karadima. In 2011, Karadima was convicted by the Vatican of abusing teenage boys beginning in the 1980s. He was ordered to lead a 'life of prayer and penitence.' A criminal case against him was dropped.

Barros claimed he never saw the abuse and never participated in any coverup.


Anne Barrett Doyle, co-director of, a Boston-based group that maintains a database of clergy sexual abuse cases. She tweets @barrett_doyle.

This segment aired on January 19, 2018.



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