Sunday, April 25, 2010

Chilean cardinal pledges full abuse investigation

Last updated April 25, 2010 7:57 a.m. PT

Chilean cardinal pledges full abuse investigation

SANTIAGO, Chile -- A top Roman Catholic official in Chile has acknowledged that he suspended an investigation into alleged abuses by a priest because he was looking for more evidence.

But Cardinal Francisco Javier Errazuriz says the investigation is again under way into alleged abuses by the retired Rev. Fernando Karadima, and he encouraged potential victims of priests to contact church authorities.

Errazuriz is archbishop of the Chilean capital of Santiago. He spoke to parishioners through a letter read aloud Sunday to all parishes in the archdiocese.

The now-80-year-old Karadima is under investigation for allegedly having sexually abused five young men in his parish residence.

Karadima has not commented, but his lawyer has said his client is innocent.

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