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No justification for abuses, cover-up, Chilean bishop says

The Catholic Church in Chile must do everything possible to repair the damage caused by clergy sexual abuse and subsequent cover-up, and accept the decision of the courts investigating cases, the new apostolic administrator of the Archdiocese of Santiago said.

Speaking to journalists in Rome on 4th April, Bishop Celestino Aos Braco of Copiapo, Chile, said the Chilean Church must “learn and act to prevent these things that should have never happened and that do not have any justification because there is no possible justification to abuse a person.”

“The person is sacred, the person is not a utensil that I can use for my goods, for my pleasure or for my success. The person is sacred, and these atrocities should have never occurred, these crimes of abuses should have never occurred,” he said.

Pope Francis chose Bishop Aos to lead the diocese temporarily after accepting the resignation of Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati of Santiago on 23rd March.

Picture: A man holds a crucifix at the cathedral in Santiago, Chile, on 18th May 2018. Bishop Celestino Aos Braco of Copiapo, Chile, said on 4th April in Rome that the Catholic Church in Chile must do everything possible to repair the damage caused by clergy sexual abuse and subsequent cover-up, and accept the decision of the courts investigating cases. (CNS photo/Ivan Alvarado, Reuters).