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    Quote Originally Posted by maggot View Post
    This story has been rumbling along in India since June and is now being picked up further afield

    In India, a nun’s #MeToo moment exposes the failings of the Catholic Church


    Of course, the status of women in India generally is an issue, but that a Bishop should be accused of raping a Nun, despite some dirty tricks, seems to have been taken seriously by both Police and the justice system.

    And the Vatican has finally responded

    Kerala nun rape case: Franco Mulakkal hands over duties as Bishop of Jalandhar, Vatican breaks silence
    India bishop accused of rape arrested in Kerala

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    Pope defrocks Chilean priest at center of abuse scandal

    While some conservative critics might bristle at another display of raw papal power from the Argentine Jesuit, US canon lawyer Nick Cafardi said Francis was acting fully within his legal right to revisit the case since there’s no such thing as double jeopardy in canon law.

    ‘‘The pope has the ability to intensify a penalty,’’ Cafardi said in an e-mail.

    Francis sparked a crisis in his papacy earlier this year when he strongly defended one of Karadima’s protégés, Bishop Juan Barros, against accusations that he had witnessed Karadima’s abuse and ignored it.

    Francis had claimed that the accusations against Barros were ‘‘calumny’’ and politically motivated, and he defended his 2015 decision to appoint Barros bishop of a small Chilean diocese over the objections of the faithful and many in the Chilean hierarchy.

    After realizing that something was amiss, Francis ordered a Vatican investigation that uncovered decades of abuse and cover-ups by the Chilean church leadership. Francis apologized to the victims, inviting Cruz and fellow survivors James Hamilton and Jose Andres Murillo to the Vatican for four days of talks. He set about making amends, including getting every active bishop in Chile to offer to resign.

    To date, he has accepted seven of the more than 30 resignations offered, including that of Barros.

    It was the second time in a month that Francis has laicized a Chilean priest, after five years in which the Vatican appeared to favor less drastic sentences.

    On Sept. 15, the archdiocese of Santiago announced that Francis had defrocked Christian Precht, citing the Latin terminology — ‘‘ex officio et pro bono Ecclesiae’’ — on his own authority and for the good of the church.

    The decision by Francis to revisit Karadima’s sentence and impose the stiffest penalty available to him, with the exception of excommunication, is significant as he battles to gain credibility on the abuse issue.

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