Prosecutors and police have begun raiding offices of the Catholic Church in the South American nation of Chile as authorities get tough on pedophile priests.Since the beginning of mid-June, there have now been six raids on the offices belonging to the Catholic Church. Authorities have sized laptops, documents, files, and computers all belonging to The Vatican as part of a massive pedophile ring bust. The raids continue as part of an ongoing investigation of child sexual abuse committed by Catholic priests in the nation.
Chilean prosecutor Emiliano Arias ordered surprise raids on official church locations which are now being regarded as the most aggressive busts ever undertaken by a judicial authority.
According to opindia: The allegations of child sexual abuse in the current investigations date back to as far as 2007.The Chilean authorities are not only attempting to arrest and prosecute the priests who committed the crimes, they are also looking for the involvement of the Church in hushing up and allowing the crimes to continue.In an interview to Reuters, Arias has informed that the documents seized contain details of as many as 30 different cases of child sexual abuse, which were reported to the church but the church did not report it to the authorities and kept the allegations hushed up.Arias also states that the Church had even attempted to destroy the documents but the raiding authorities manage to salvage them.
Oscar Munoz, the top aide of Chile’s Archbishop Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati, has been arrested for sexual crimes against children.The prosecutors reportedly believe that Cardinal Ezzati had knowledge of his aide’s crime but he chose not to report.In an astounding revelation, the prosecutors state that they had to take the extreme step of raids because the Catholic Church authorities refused to divulge the information about abusive priests, claiming that the details of sexual crimes and criminal priests involved in it are protected under the Vatican law as ‘Pontifical secrets‘.
Investigators worldwide have reportedly claimed that the Canon law of ‘Pontifical Secrets’ is often used by the Roman Catholic Church to shield their priests who are accused of severe crimes.
The sins of Babylon will be laid open.The fearful results of enforcing the observances of the church by civil authority, the inroads of spiritualism, the stealthy but rapid progress of the papal power—all will be unmasked. By these solemn warnings the people will be stirred. Thousands upon thousands will listen who have never heard words like these. In amazement they hear the testimony that Babylon is the church, fallen because of her errors and sins, because of her rejection of the truth sent to her from heaven. As the people go to their former teachers with the eager inquiry, Are these things so? the ministers present fables, prophesy smooth things, to soothe their fears and quiet the awakened conscience. But since many refuse to be satisfied with the mere authority of men and demand a plain “Thus saith the Lord,” the popular ministry, like the Pharisees of old, filled with anger as their authority is questioned, will denounce the message as of Satan and stir up the sin-loving multitudes to revile and persecute those who proclaim it. GC 606.2