Pope defrocks 2 more Chilean priests accused of sex abuse


A statement said the two men, Archbishop Emeritus Francisco José Cox Huneeus and Bishop Emeritus Marco Antonio Órdenes Fernández, were defrocked Thursday "as a effect of manifest abuse of minors".

The Bishops are Francisco Jose Cox Huneeus, archbishop emeritus of La Serena, and Marco Antonio Órdenes Fernández, archbishop emeritus of Iquique, the statement further said.

At the dinner party, Chen, who is leading a Taiwan delegation to the Vatican to attend a ceremony for the canonization of Pope Paul VI on Sunday, commended the work of the Taiwan officials stationed in the Holy See and said he hoped God would bless Taiwan so that the rest of the world would recognize its democracy, freedom and rule of law. At the end of September, he returned to the lay state, the priest Fernando Karadima, accused of sexual abuse, multiple minors, and in the centre of the scandal engulfing the Church in chile.

Defrocking is considered the harshest penalty for priests within the Church and means the offender is forbidden from exercising any clerical duties at all.

Also on Saturday, Chilean President Sebastian Pinera visitedwith the pope at the Vatican Apostolic Palace. It was not immediately possible to reach him for comment.

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In May, the Argentine pontiff accepted the resignation of five Chilean bishops amid accusations of abuse and related coverups.

Chilean civil justice has investigated 119 allegations of sexual abuse or cover-ups involving 167 church workers including Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati, the archbishop of Santiago.

More than hundred Catholic clergy are being quizzed in Chile over sex crimes.

The 'Guidelines Promoting Good Treatment and Healthy Pastoral Coexistence, ' was published in Spanish on the archdiocese website and received widespread condemnation, with many people calling the language used around sexual abuse as tone-deaf.

'Even in this era of supposed penitence and reform, they remain weirdly removed from healthy social norms of child protection, ' she added.