Chilean Cardinal to be questioned by prosecutors over abuse cover-up

Catholic News Agency | 7/25/2018 | Staff
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Santiago, Chile, Jul 25, 2018 / 11:30 am (CNA).- Cardinal Enrico Ezzati, Archbishop of Santiago, has been summoned by local authorities to answer questions about the ongoing sexual abuse scandal in the Church in Chile.

A statement released by the archdiocese confirmed that the cardinal had received a summons and would meet with prosecutors Aug. 21.

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Ezzati’s questioning will focus on what the cardinal knew about his former archdiocesan chancellor, Rev. Oscar Munoz Toledo, who was arrested July 12 following allegations he sexually abused seven minors.

Munoz has already admitted to sexually abusing one minor, but investigators believe the archdiocese may have been aware of as many as four of his victims. Ezzati has been called as prosecutors weigh his involvement in a potential cover-up of Munoz’s crimes.

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Ezzati’s subpoena follows two separate police searches of archdiocesan offices in the last two months. At the same time, police raided the offices of Bishop Alejandro Goic Karmelic, former bishop Rancagua and also the former head of the Chilean bishops’ commission on preventing child abuse.

The searches were carried out after Munoz was linked to a suspected network of 14 abuser-priests in the neighboring diocese of Rancagua, approximately 40 miles south of Santiago.

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During one of the searches, authorities discovered a 2013 letter from Goic to Ezzati criticizing the cardinal for his response to victims...
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