Early during his visit to Chile, which began on January 15, Pope Francis met with suvivors of clergy sexual abuse and wept with them over the "irreparable damage they suffered." Later during his journey, he accused survivors of slandering Bishop Juan Barros Madrid, whom he appointed bishop of Osorno in 2015. Bishop Barros had been accused of covering up the sexual abuse of Fr. Fernando Karadima, who was sentenced to a life of prayer and penance by the Vatican in spite of his protests of innocence.
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Statement from Voice of the Faithful:
We pray for the family and friends of Cardinal Law, whose coverup of clergy sexual abuse was one of the greatest scandals of the Catholic Church. The child sex abuse and coverup, once revealed, pried open many other coverups and failures of the Catholic Church hierarchy. His passing also reminds us that so many of those damaged by the abuse and its coverup have yet to experience healing. We hope, particularly during this season of Advent, that we will see stronger support for that healing from the Church in the near future.