Chile Church asks for 'forgiveness' for child sex abuse

The Catholic Church in Chile has asked for forgiveness from victims of pedophile priests in the country, saying there were 20 known such cases.

Chile Church asks for 'forgiveness' for child sex abuse

The Catholic Church in Chile has asked for forgiveness from victims of pedophile priests in the country, saying there were 20 known such cases.

"There is no place for a priest who abuses children. There is no excuse that can justify this crime," the head of Chile's bishops' conference underway in Santiago, Monsignor Alejandro Goic, told a news conference on Tuesday.

"To the people directly affected, and to communities that have seen scandalous motives in any priest, we ask forgiveness, and we appeal for these acts to be communicated to us," he said.

He said the Church was committed "to making sure these grave crimes are never repeated."

Goic said that, of the 20 known cases of pedophile priests, five had been convicted.

The appeal for pardon was one of the strongest yet from the Church over the pedophile scandal that is darkly tarnishing its image.

The waves of allegations sweeping the Church in Europe and the Americas had also been the backdrop to a tearful meeting between the pope and abuse victims on Sunday in Malta, one of the latest countries to be hit by sex abuse scandals.

Goic's comments come after the Pope on Monday marked five years as the leader of the world's 1.1 billion Roman Catholics by calling his church a "wounded sinner."


Agencies

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