World Chilean police raid Catholic Church offices amid abuse probe

01:50  14 june  2018
01:50  14 june  2018 Source:   msn.com

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(Belgium's eight Catholic dioceses, 15 June 2010/Jvhoppli). Belgian police conducted a third day of raids on Catholic church offices on Wednesday as part of an operation targeting priests suspected of child abuse .

Archbishop Charles Scicluna, center left, and Monsignor Jordi Bertomeu, center right, are protected by security guards as university students demand that the Catholic church investigate cases of sexual abuses inside the Catholic University of Chile, after a press conference at that same University in Santiago, Chile, Wednesday, June 13, 2018. Scicluna and Bertomeu, the investigators of sex abuse in Chile's church, returned to Chile to begin what the Vatican has said is a © The Associated Press Archbishop Charles Scicluna, center left, and Monsignor Jordi Bertomeu, center right, are protected by security guards as university students demand that the Catholic church investigate cases of sexual abuses inside the Catholic University of Chile, after a press conference at that same University in Santiago, Chile, Wednesday, June 13, 2018. Scicluna and Bertomeu, the investigators of sex abuse in Chile's church, returned to Chile to begin what the Vatican has said is a "healing" mission in Osorno following the resignation of Bishop Juan Barros, who has been at the center of Chile's growing scandal ever since Pope Francis appointed him bishop of Osorno in 2015 over the objections of the local faithful, his own sex abuse prevention advisers and some of Chile's other bishops. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

SANTIAGO, Chile — Chilean police and prosecutors have raided Roman Catholic Church offices in the capital and the city of Rancagua, looking for files, investigative reports and documents related to a sexual abuse scandal that has damaged the clergy's reputation in the country.

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This raid is precisely what's needed, not just in Belgium but in other church offices across the globe. Law enforcement officials must stop giving the Catholic hierarchy a 'free pass' when it comes to clergy sex crimes and cover ups. Police and prosecutors need to step up

Inquiry: Cardinal Godfried Danneels' home was raided by police today in connection with a sexual abuse probe . Police also searched the office of a committee examining abuse allegations with the help of the Catholic church .

The raids led by prosecutor Emiliano Arias targeted the headquarters of Santiago's Ecclesiastical Court and the bishopric of Racagua, where 14 diocese priests are accused of having had sexual relations with minors.

Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati, the archbishop of Santiago, says church officials "gave the prosecutor all the requested documentation" and are "available to cooperate with the civilian justice system in all that is required."

The raids came as two leading Vatican investigators are in Chile to investigate the sexual abuse of minors committed by clergy.

Archbishop Charles Scicluna, left, and Spanish Monsignor Jordi Bertomeuof, right, take part in a press conference at the Catholic University of Chile, in Santiago, Chile, Wednesday, June 13, 2018. Scicluna, the investigator of sex abuse in Chile's church, returned to the country to begin what the Vatican has said is a © The Associated Press Archbishop Charles Scicluna, left, and Spanish Monsignor Jordi Bertomeuof, right, take part in a press conference at the Catholic University of Chile, in Santiago, Chile, Wednesday, June 13, 2018. Scicluna, the investigator of sex abuse in Chile's church, returned to the country to begin what the Vatican has said is a "healing" mission in Osorno following the resignation of Bishop Juan Barros, who has been at the center of Chile's growing scandal ever since Pope Francis appointed him bishop of Osorno in 2015 over the objections of the local faithful, his own sex abuse prevention advisers and some of Chile's other bishops. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

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