Victims of clergy sexual abuse welcomed Pope Francis’ letter in which he apologised for underestimating the seriousness of the crisis in Chile.
James Hamilton, Jose Andres Murillo and Juan Carlos Cruz, victims of Fr Fernando Karadima, released a statement on 11th April saying they appreciated the pope’s letter and were ‘evaluating the possibilities’ for meeting with the pope.
‘The damage committed by the hierarchy of the Chilean Church, to which the pope refers, has affected many people, not just us,’ the victims said.
‘The purpose of all our actions has always been about recognition, forgiveness and reparation for what has been suffered, and will continue to be so, until zero tolerance against abuse and concealment in the Church becomes a reality,’ they said.
Pope Francis’ letter, released by the Vatican on 11th April, asked ‘forgiveness of all those I have offended’ and said he hoped to ‘be able to do it personally in the coming weeks’.
Picture: Juan Cruz shakes hands with a Franciscan friar following a meeting with Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta, Italy, in late February at the Church of the Holy Name of Jesus in New York City. Pope Francis asked Archbishop Scicluna to investigate claims that Bishop Juan Barros of Osorno, Chile, covered up allegations of abuse committed by his former mentor, Fr Fernando Karadima. (CNS photo/Eduardo Munoz, Reuters).