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Sex abuse priest testifies in Chilean court

Prominent sex abuse priest testifies in Chilean court case filed by victims

Sex abuse priest testifies in Chilean court

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- A prominent priest who has been punished for sex abuse is testifying in a court case that three of his victims brought against Chile's Catholic Church.

Grey-haired and balding, the Rev. Fernando Karadima walked into court wearing a Roman collar on Wednesday. He was expected to be questioned for at least three hours and reporters were not allowed to be present.

The Vatican ordered Karadima to life of penance and prayer in 2011 for abusing young boys. A local judge later determined the allegations were truthful but said the time limit had expired for prosecution.

The three victims who filed the suit accuse the Chilean Catholic church of a cover-up. The church has rejected the accusation.


Updated : 2021-09-27 19:37 GMT+08:00