Chile: Candle-lit vigil seeks to shine a light on Church sex abuse scandal

Dozens of people carrying candles and flowers gathered in front of the Metropolitan Cathedral of Santiago on Monday in order to demand justice be done against priests who have been linked to alleged sexual abuse cases. The demonstration, called by the Network of Survivors of Ecclesiastical Abuse of Chile, went by the name ‘the Light of Truth’ and was also organised in other 13 cities across... Еще Chile. «The candle represents the truth that we all need to illuminate the dark reality of the abuses of which we were victims, the flower will represent all the victims who cannot or have not yet been able to speak out,» explained Helmut Kramer, victim of abuse by the Church and spokesperson of the Network of Survivors of Ecclesiastical Abuse of Chile. In early August, the Episcopal Conference of Chile published a list on the website with the names of 42 priests and a deacon condemned by civil or canonical justice for sexual abuse of minors. The Office of the Prosecutor has opened investigations into 38 cases, involving 73 persons under investigation — diocesan priests, of various orders and laity — and 104 victims, most of them minors at the time.

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