"I Have To Apologize" - Contrite Pope Sorry For Accusing Child Sex-Abuse Victims Of Lying

A day after Pope Francis ended his trip to Chile by publicly defending a bishop who victims have accused of covering up widespread pedophilia in the country, by attacking the credibility of child sex abuse victims in a shocking move made at the end of a trip which he had hoped to 'heal' the wounds of said abuse, The Holy See has stunned Catholics again... and apologized.


As we detailed over the weekend Associated Press reported that Francis made the shocking comments in a discussion about Rev. Fernando Karadima who has been found guilty of sexually abusing a slew of minors as a member of the Catholic Church.

Pope Francis accused victims of Chile’s most notorious pedophile of slander Thursday, an astonishing end to a visit meant to help heal the wounds of a sex abuse scandal that has cost the Catholic Church its credibility in the country.

“The day I see proof against Bishop Barros, then I will talk. There is not a single piece of evidence against him. It is all slander. Is that clear?” the pope replied in a snippy tone.

The pope’s remarks drew shock from Chileans and immediate rebuke from victims and their advocates. They noted the accusers were deemed credible enough by the Vatican that it sentenced Karadima to a lifetime of “penance and prayer” for his crimes in 2011.

A Chilean judge also found the victims to be credible, saying that while she had to drop criminal charges against Karadima because too much time had passed, proof of his crimes wasn’t lacking.

And now, as Reuters reports, Pope Francis, in an extremely rare act of self-criticism, apologised to victims of clerical sex abuse on Sunday, acknowledging he had “wounded many” in comments defending a Chilean bishop who is under scrutiny.


However, while the pope was sorry for his choice of words, he hastily added that he was certain that the prelate, Juan Barros, who has been accused of being complicit in the cover-up of the disgusting acts, was innocent.

“I have to apologise,” an unusually contrite pope told reporters aboard the plane returning to Rome from a week-long trip to Chile and Peru, saying he realised he had “wounded many people who were abused”.

“I apologise to them if I hurt them without realising it, but it was a wound that I inflicted without meaning to,” he said. “It pains me very much.”

But, in the latest twist to a saga that has gripped Chile, Francis said Barros, who is accused of protecting a notorious paedophile, would remain in his place in the diocese of Osorno because there currently was no credible evidence against him.

Francis said on the plane: “I know how much they (abuse victims) suffer in hearing the pope say to them ‘bring me a letter with the proof,’ I realise that it is a slap in their faces, and now I realise that my expression was an unfortunate one”.

In his comments on the plane, the pope disclosed that Barros had offered to resign twice in recent years but Francis rejected the offers.

“I can’t condemn him because I don’t have evidence and because I am convinced he is innocent,” Francis said.

He said Barros would remain in his place unless credible evidence is found against him.

Juan Carlos Claret, a spokesman for anti-Barros Catholics in Osorno, southern Chile, said during the trip that he worried the pope’s response to the reporter before the apology would discourage more victims from speaking out.

“What incentive will victims have to come forward when even if the courts and the Vatican have said they are right, in the end the pope says they are pure lies?” he said in an telephone interview.



Delving Eye Ralph Spoilsport Mon, 01/22/2018 - 23:19 Permalink

The Church targets the poor and ignorant and illiterate, and has for centuries. Bodies, particularly unquestioning bodies, is what it's after. Numbers increase its power, the classic structure of a hierarchical pyramid, where the bottom layer consists of peons and serfs -- replaceable parts -- which is why abortion and family planning and any kind of contraception are anathema to this medieval institution.

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QueeroHedge Ahmeexnal Tue, 01/23/2018 - 00:18 Permalink

Funny how the annoying and whiny godbotherers of zerohedge complain and lambast males for multiple consensual relations with the opposite sex but when it comes to pedos they just worship, look the other way and keep filling that collection plate. Scum all of you

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Bendromeda Strain Al Gophilia Tue, 01/23/2018 - 06:56 Permalink

I'm also ex-Catholic. The ah-ha moment for me is when I realized they changed the Ten Commandments to accommodate their pagan need for idolatry. They literally cut out the 2nd and split the 10th into a new 9 and 10.

2) Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image


10) Thou shalt not covet becomes

9) not covet thy neighbor's wife, and

10) not covet thy neighbor's goods.

The demonic hubris required for that rewrite is as bad as any Dawkins middle finger to the sky.



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keep the basta… Delving Eye Tue, 01/23/2018 - 06:18 Permalink

Geez. It's not so simple. Look at ireland, after vermin fat scumbag Henry 8 needed more money he set himself up as head of new Church of England so he could steal catholic money, gold, land.

Then in Ireland the fkn catholic hutch and the  maggot english played the Irish against each other for profit and pleasure including the 100s of 1000s sold as slaves to the USA.!

It's not so simple. The map room at the Vatican is stunning, not just he paintings on the ceiling but the maps. The maps of Europe including England and every river, creek, village hamlet... road, pathway, crossing...all of it for tax, war, manipulation and TEMPORAL power.

those people were intelligent and powerful not just ruthless.

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Normalcy Bias zorba THE GREEK Mon, 01/22/2018 - 23:11 Permalink

I thought he'd done that a long time ago.

The question is: Why does anyone listen to this clown? He's an obvious fraud, sent to weaken the Catholic Church, much like that Barry Soetoro character who was sent to weak the U.S..

I suspect that if you wrote this guy a big enough check, he would sell you an indulgence for the most hideous acts imaginable.

What a JOKE.

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keep the basta… Delving Eye Tue, 01/23/2018 - 06:36 Permalink

Oh poor wee soul. Terrible.

that said growing up in country Australia the Church of England mired in colonial blood was horrific to me. Squatters and English  squattocracy. The church flogging and the ship loaded to the gunwhalesvwith south sea pearls brought into Sydney harbour by a missionary.

A nun taught me typing for a while and prayed for my happiness As I realised long after.

My little sister, like me beaten as a tiny child till blood flowed by my English descent father, told me recently, 50'years later, she had snuck into the convent classes for littlies, where the nun, my nun, did itsy bitsy spider and the world had opened to glorious love and light.

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Freddie zorba THE GREEK Mon, 01/22/2018 - 23:36 Permalink

He is a Jesuit and I think the first Jesuit pope.   McCain and his family are Jesuits.  Their allegiance is to Roth$childs I$rael.  They are pure evil.

The Jesuits supposedly were involved in the Titanic sinking.  It was just not some sad random tragedy.  It was all planned to invite the richest Americans who were against the forming of the Fed or a Central bank.  the Fed was backed by Rothschilds, Morgan and Rockefellers.  Both families were agents for Rothschilds in the USA.

At the last minute - JP Morgan cancelled.  When the ship sailed a Jesuit priest got on board to photograph the rich onboard.  Including Astor, Guggenheim and a few others.  The priest was able to get off at the last stop before the crossing to America.

The Jesuit sea captain did the routes dozens of times.  He knew the ice fields well.  He received warnings toi slow down from the company by telegraph but he went full speed into the ice field.  The red flares were replaced with white flares which were for a party.  Red flares for SOS.   They delayed SOS signals.

The whole voyage was to murder the wealthy opposed to the forming of the Fed.

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ebear Freddie Tue, 01/23/2018 - 01:49 Permalink

I've read some amusing theories on ZH over the years, but this one doesn't just take the cake, it walks off with the entire bakery.

OK, both the Titanic and her sister ship Olympic were designed in 1907.  Now, the Panic of 1907 was the principle cause which led to the formation of the Federal Reserve, six years later.

As we all know, it was a flawed watertight bulkhead design which caused the sinking, so are we to believe that Thomas Andrews designed the ship to sink, and all this was done just shortly after the Panic of 1907, when the Fed was still just a gleam in some banker's eye?

  So, was Thomas Andrews also a Jesuit?  If so, pretty dedicated bunch, because he's listed as lost at sea, along with the Captain who was Anglican, BTW.  Or perhaps a German U-boat picked them up?  That would make an even better story.

As for the speed, there was a bit of a contest back in the day to see who could make the crossing in the shortest time.  I imagine people had money on that, possibly some of the fat cats on board who might even have bribed Capt. Smith to pour on the coals.  No proof of that of course, but it's not hard to imagine.

So, let's round up all the bankers we other bankers don't like, get 'em on a ship that's advertised as unsinkable, then sink it.  Of course none of them would make it to the boats, perhaps disguised as women even?  Nawww.. bankers would never do that.

Final point.  Europe in those days was thick with anarchists, any number of which would have been happy to knock off a few bankers if the price was right.  Wouldn't that be easier than sinking an entire ship - and I'm just guessing here, but I'd assume some of those bankers owned shares in White Star line.

Thought I'd look that up, just for LOL's.  Turns out JP Morgan was the major shareholder!  Crafty fellow... sinks his own brand new ship!  Who would ever suspect, right?





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keep the basta… zorba THE GREEK Tue, 01/23/2018 - 06:05 Permalink

Well and temperately said Zorba.

in moments like this I think of the statue in O'Connell street Dublin, the statue to Temperance with broken fingers as St Patrick's   day lads climb up and try to give him a good big glass of Guinness.

the Irish have come thru fkn st Patrick obscenity, the pope selling them to the English in 1120 and 900 years of occupation and they are still whole. 

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pliny the longer Jethro Tue, 01/23/2018 - 06:24 Permalink

nearly every catholic i've ever met knows precious little about their 'religion'.  its quite odd, you'd think they'd want to at least know the talking points about the ideal of their eternal status.  that being said, i've only met 2 people in my life who i'd consider to be 'enlightened', meaning truth seeking with insight and integrity.  know what, catholics both.  i still can't reconcile it in my mind.  I think u gotta be more committed to 'truth' than to 'religion'.  but WTF do i know i'd have contempt for anyone that took spiritual advice from me. 


nearly married into proud catholic family when young.  totally in love with the little woman, would have been good life and good wife, but i couldn't prostrate myself in a catholic church.  and you have to say you'll raise your children catholic.  i just couldn't do it.  let her go.  


aint life fun? 

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