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Vatican: Chilean priest guilty of abusing minors
(AP, February 18, 2011)

Santiago, Chile - A prominent Chilean priest whose sex abuse case was closed by a judge has been found guilty by the Vatican.

The Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith says Fernando Karadima is guilty of abusing minors and "must retire to a life of prayer and penitence." Friday's statement from the Vatican means Karadima can't meet with his former parishioners or other priests.

Four men accused Karadima of sexually abusing them for years in a wealthy Santiago parish where he was a respected leader in Chile's Catholic church.

The former archbishop didn't believe them, and a local judge closed the case, citing the statute of limitations. A prosecutor is appealing.


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