Pope's visit to Peru and Chile casts harsh light on handling of sexual abuse cases
By Dan Collyns in Lima and Piotr Kozak in Santiago, January 12, 2018, The Guardian
Criticism that Pope Francis is failing to tackle allegations of abuse, in the wake of scandals in both countries, is likely to overshadow his week-long visit
Pope Francis leaves Rome this weekend for a tour of Chile and Peru amid renewed accusations that he is failing to tackle allegations of clerical sexual abuse after scandals in both countries.
The visit comes as the pope seeks to shore up the Catholic church faith against the loss of followers in two of South America’s most conservative nations.
During the week-long visit, the pope will also travel to the Amazon city of Puerto Maldonado in Peru, where he will meet indigenous leaders and is expected to expand on the environmental message of his 2015 encyclical on climate change.
But the tour is likely to be overshadowed by the issue of sexual abuse within the church.
Earlier this week, the Vatican took over a Peru-based Catholic sect whose founder has been accused of . . .