SANTIAGO (Reuters) ― Pope Francis on Saturday expelled a Chilean priest under investigation in a case involving the sexual abuse of youngsters, in line with a report by local media on Saturday, amid a rising global abuse scandal that has shaken the Roman Catholic Church.
The Archdiocese of Santiago stated the Pope had determined to defrock the Reverend Cristian Precht, local each day El Mercurio reported.
Precht was a former head of the Church’s Vicariate of Solidarity human rights group that within the 1980s had challenged ex-dictator Augusto Pinochet to finish the apply of torture in Chile.
The well-known Chilean spiritual chief has since been accused of sexual abuse as a part of the investigation into allegations against members of the Marist Brothers spiritual neighborhood.
Precht has beforehand denied the costs.
Pope Francis’ announcement comes as Chilean police raid church places of work all through the Andean nation on the lookout for new instances of sexual abuse or proof that church officials hid abuse from authorities.
The Catholic Church worldwide is reeling from crises involving sexual abuse of minors, deeply damaging confidence within the Church in Chile, but in addition within the United States, Australia, and Ireland the place the scandal has hit hardest, and elsewhere.
(Reporting by Dave Sherwood; Editing by Marguerita Choy)