And now the Vatican is doubling down, backing the appointment.
The Vatican has said that it is confident the correct decision has been made in appointing Juan Barros Bishop of Osorno, in Chile.
A statement on the controversial Chilean bishop was released by the Vatican earlier today. “The Congregation for Bishops carefully examined the prelate’s candidature and did not find objective reasons to preclude the appointment,” it said.
Even Pope Francis’ own Child Protection Commission thinks this is the wrong thing.
Commission member and abuse survivor Marie Collins said she could not understand how Pope Francis could have appointed Bishop Barros given the concerns about his connection to Fr Karadima.
“It goes completely against what [Francis] has said in the past about those who protect abusers. The voice of the survivors is being ignored,” she said.
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