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The Pope Sends Envoy to Investigate Further, Abuse Allegations in Chile - Perspectives Daily

Noel Ocol

January 31, 2018
Thousands of pilgrims gathered to hear the Holy Father’s Catechesis on the Eucharist from St. Peter’s square today, where where he invited the faithful to place themselves, in silent openness, to God’s saving message. Here’s a summary of his Catechesis from CNS:
In addition, a Vatican communique has officially confirmed that the Pope has sent an expert to Chile, in order to investigate new information regareding Bishop Juan Barros of Osorno.
Pope Francis has dispatched Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta, an expert in handling abuse allegation cases, to investigate the situation unfolding regarding Bishop Barr. He made this decision after receiving recent information regarding the case. The Pope decided to send the archbishop to the Chilean capital to "listen to those who expressed a willingness, to submit information in their possession" the communique said.
Despite claims made against Bishop Barros, Pope Francis had named him head of the Diocese of Osorno in Chile in the year of 2015; claiming he was "personally convinced" of the bishop's innocence after past allegations were investigated twice before with no evidence emerging at the time. The Pope told reporters on Jan. 21, on his way home from Chile that, “while covering up abuse is an abuse in itself, had I punished Bishop Barros, without moral certainty, I would be committing the crime of a bad judge". We will keep you updated on this event, as more information unfolds.
On another note, the relationship between the Venezuelan Government, and local Church leaders is quickly plummeting, after the President of Venezuela referred to two bishops as "devils in a cassock."
Along with those comments made during a recent pre-government Assembly, President Maduro ordered their attorney general to investigate the Bishops for hate crimes, which aim to cause violence and fighting between former Venezuelans. Maduro referred to the comments made by Bishop Victor Basabe and Archbishop Antonio Lopez Castillo during the annual procession of the Divine Shepherdess, an event that attracts millions. Both bishops spoke out against corruption, which they said has contributed to the country's spiralling economic crisis.
Unfortunately, Venezuela continues to suffer a deep economic crisis, which has resulted in surging levels of child malnutrition and shortages of affordable foods and medicines.
Finally tonight, here in Canada the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops has named two young Canadian adults as their delegates to the upcoming Meeting Of Youth to be held at the Vatican this March. And one of the delegates is none other than Salt and Light TV’s very own, Emilie Callan.
Emilie is one of our producers, here at Salt and Light TV, and recently hosted a televised National Youth Forum called, "Young People, Faith and Vocational Discernment".  Emilie will be joined by Saskatchewan teacher, Jacob Jason Genaille-Dustyhorn, a student at the University of Saskatchewan.
This special gathering in Rome is in preparation for the upcoming Synod of Bishops on Young People, Faith, and Vocational Discernment; which will be taking place this October. Stay tuned for future episodes, where we will have the opportunity of talking to Emilie about her appointment, and what she will be doing during her time in Rome.
And that is all that we have time for today. Join us again tomorrow, when I bring you more news and stories from the Perspectives of a Catholic Lens.  Thanks for joining us.