In 2015, Pope Francis received an eight-page letter from a victim that very graphically detailed sexual abuse at the hands of a Rev. Fernando Karadima and a cover-up by Chilean Bishop Juan Barros, which completely contradicted the pope’s recent claim that no victims had come forward to detail abuse.
Pope Francis promoted Bishop Juan Barros despite knowing of these wrongdoings. Or perhaps because he committed them…
The Barros affair first caused shockwaves in January 2015 when Francis appointed him bishop of Osorno, Chile, over the objections of the leadership of Chile's bishops' conference and many local priests and laity. They accepted as credible the testimony against Karadima, a prominent Chilean cleric who was sanctioned by the Vatican in 2011 for abusing minors. Barros was a Karadima protege, and according to Cruz and other victims, he witnessed the abuse and did nothing.
Just listen to the victim's testimony.
In the letter to the pope, Cruz begs for Francis to listen to him and make good on his pledge of “zero tolerance.”
“Holy Father, it's bad enough that we suffered such tremendous pain and anguish from the sexual and psychological abuse, but the terrible mistreatment we received from our pastors is almost worse,” he wrote.
Cruz goes on to detail in explicit terms the homo-eroticized nature of the circle of priests and young boys around Karadima, the charismatic preacher whose El Bosque community in the well-to-do Santiago neighborhood of Providencia produced dozens of priestly vocations and five bishops, including Barros.
He described how Karadima would kiss Barros and fondle his genitals, and do the same with younger priests and teens, and how young priests and seminarians would fight to sit next to Karadima at the table to receive his affections.
“More difficult and tough was when we were in Karadima's room and Juan Barros — if he wasn't kissing Karadima — would watch when Karadima would touch us — the minors — and make us kiss him, saying: ‘Put your mouth near mine and stick out your tongue.' He would stick his out and kiss us with his tongue,” Cruz told the pope. “Juan Barros was a witness to all this innumerable times, not just with me but with others as well.”
“Juan Barros covered up everything that I have told you,” he added.
A true “man of God” would never seek to protect the image of the church over sexual abuse victims. It seems unlikely that someone wouldn't cover-up pedophilia unless they shared some sort of affinity.
For the Osorno faithful who have opposed Barros as their bishop, the issue isn't so much a legal matter requiring proof or evidence, as Barros was a young priest at the time and not in a position of authority over Karadima. It's more that if Barros didn't “see” what was happening around him and recognize it was problematic for a priest to kiss and fondle young boys, he shouldn't be in charge of a diocese where he is responsible for detecting inappropriate sexual behavior, reporting it to police and protecting children from pedophiles like his mentor.
Then why is such a man entrusted by Pope Francis with safeguarding and leading his Church?
The Catholic Church is no longer connected to the God of the Bible or its teachings.
The Pope apologized to victims for demanding that the show him proof that they had been abused when they came forward to reveal the horrific abuse they suffered: