Feb 5, 2018

Pope Francis pulled further into Chile pedophile priest scandal

Pope Francis walkes alone to the Synod Hall in the Vatican City. Photo: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

A group in Chile claims Pope Francis had "full knowledge" of accusations that Chilean bishops covered for a notorious pedophile priest before his dismissive comments last month, per the Associated Press.

  • The latest: A victim sent the pope a letter in 2015 claiming Bishop Juan Barros had witnessed abuse, and ignored it.
  • Why it matters: The pope has been under scrutiny since he defended Barros, saying, "there is not a single piece of evidence against him." He later apologized to victims and sent the Vatican's top sex crimes expert to Chile to probe the case.
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