Canada Demands Apology From Pope Over Alleged Scandal

Canada Demands Apology From Pope Over Alleged Scandal

Canada Demands Apology From Pope Over Alleged Scandal

Canadian lawmakers passed a motion to ask Pope Francis for a formal apology over schools overseen by the Catholic church in which aboriginal children were often abused.

In a joint statement, three victims, Juan Carlos Cruz, James Hamilton and Jose Andres Murillo, said that the pontiff apologized for not having addressed their complaints earlier, during their four days of private meetings with him in the Vatican.

"It's more moving than I can express", said Jonathan, chief of the Saskatchewan-based Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations.

"But this name means that you know how to look at the positive, which is that every human life is unique and that even if a disease is rare, life is even more so", the pope said. "I told the Holy Father and he said he was hurt", Cruz said.

The three men visiting the Vatican were abused by the Chilean church's most notorious predator, the Rev. Fernando Karadima.

The Vatican never specified what that information was, but the Associated Press reported February 5 that almost three years earlier the pope was given a letter from Cruz graphically describing the abuse he suffered and alleging that then-Father Barros was in the room as it happened.

Perry tweeted a photo Sunday of her and Pope Francis after they met at a three-day conference at Vatican City for "United to Care: A Global Health Care Initiative". Just this week, a former Chilean minister revealed that the Chilean government too had wanted Barros out as the preacher to the Chilean armed forces, and was "surprised" when Francis named him instead to head up Osorno. But, he said, he named clerics who knew "that Karadima touched and abused minors", and he told Francis about "the toxicity" of Chilean churchmen who had "duped" the pope.




"Everybody deserves, especially in this case, a second chance", Hamilton said of the pope.

Pope Francis, they said, asked for forgiveness in his name and on behalf of the entire universal Church.

Francis had previously received sharp rebuke from clergy sex abuse victims and their advocates after he was caught on tape in January accusing the men of slander against Chile's Bishop Juan Barros.

Francis has summoned the entire Chilean bishops conference to Rome later this month for a dressing down and to plot reforms in the church.

"For nearly 10 years we have been treated as enemies because we fight against sexual abuse and cover up in the church", the statement said.

But they warned that unless Francis takes concrete action, their talks will be in vain.

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