Chilean clergy sex abuse victims gave testimony to a Vatican team sent to investigate charges that Church officials covered up the abuse.
But many of the victims gave their testimony to a Spanish-speaking Vatican official after the main Vatican envoy underwent emergency surgery.
Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta underwent emergency gallbladder surgery in Chile on 21st February. The next day, on Twitter, the archbishop thanked ‘all those who have kindly expressed their support and generously offered their prayers as I continue in my recovery. God bless!’
Archbishop Scicluna decided to make the trip to Chile even though he was not feeling well. While listening to testimony on 20th February, he started feeling worse, but was determined to finish the day. He went to the hospital for a checkup later that evening.
After Archbishop Scicluna was hospitalised, Spanish Fr Jordi Bertomeu Farnos, an official of the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, continued hearing testimony. He also met with some Catholics from Osorno, a town in the south of Chile.
The victims’ spokesman, Juan Carlos Claret, said he was glad they could meet with Fr Bertomeu. “Unlike Scicluna, he’s a native Spanish speaker, so he doesn’t need a translator to help with our conversations,” Claret told Catholic News Service.