An abuse case in Chile (Main Forum)
Fr. John Reilly is an Irish Legion of Christ priest who came to Chile in 1985. He has made a name for himself as a radio broadcaster.
In 2008, the Chilean Parliament approved a measure to give him Chilean nationality in gratitude for his "apostolic and educational work for youth".
Now he has been accused of sexual abuse of minors, and it is splashed all over the newspapers and radio (I'm in Chile at the moment).
The Archbishop of Santiago, Ricardo Ezzati said that Fr. Reilly was being investigated by the police, and at the same time, he had asked the Superior General of the Legion, to carry out an investigation in accordance with Santorum Sanctitatis Tutela and the decisions of the Chilean Episcopal conference, and that a "canonical investigtion" would be undertaken.
You may recall that Santorum Sanctitatis Tutela of 2001 was the document under which all cases of sexual abuse of minors was to be sent to the CDF, whose head, at that time, was Cardinal Josef Ratzinger. Once the complaint had been sent to the CDF, it would tell the bishop what to do, but anything they did do was subject to "pontifical secrecy".
Now, in 2010, Benedict XVI said, contrary to everything he and the Roman Curia had stood for before, that the Church has to cooperate with civil authorities in cases of sex abuse, and he called upon various countries and dioceses to put forward their proposals. So reporting to police is still not the universal rule, despite exemptions being given to Australia, Britain and the United States to allow them to report.
But "pontifical secrecy" is still part of Santorum Sanctitatis Tutela. So what does that mean? Will the Church hand over its documents that arise out of his own canonical investigation, or, are these still subject to pontifical secrecy?
An abuse case in Chile
Secret, secret, secret i am so starting to hate that word with vengence. love to all the people of Chile.
I'm in Chile
nth or sth ...hows the altitude sickness .....don't be coming home and having the airport dogs jump all over you
Happened to my brother after chewing his way around nthern chile and bolivia in recent years.
my wife did a motorbike trip thru to the sth tip in the early 70s.
after that they went across to spain portugal and then into nth africa the with thesame two motor bike ....started in morocco end and on across egypt and right thru up to syria on the med and then a big loop thru the medina and a few holy cities in iraq and iran and ended their trip in turkey. that part of the trip the girls dyed their hair and darkened their complexions and kept covered up.
they had no trouble and found everyone friendly.
She was travelling with the yachtie buddy i mention ocassionally .....old friends and still old friend hey
what happened to these places ???!!! ....they bloody hate us now
An abuse case in Chile
Will the Church hand over its documents that arise out of his own canonical investigation, or, are these still subject to pontifical secrecy?
James, is the situation in South America re CSA the same as in other countries?
As most countries there are looked on as 'Catholic', is the first priority to protect the 'good name' of the Church or is there mandatory reporting to the police?
Has there been any investigations done in any of the South American countries?