That is the primary formal resignation the Pope has decreed since each bishop in Chile provided to step down in Might over the nation’s intercourse abuse scandal. The transfer is considered unprecedented within the trendy historical past of the Catholic Church.
Precht had been suspended in 2012 from training throughout the ministry for 5 years after the Archbishop of Santiago ordered a legal investigation into allegations of sexual abuse in opposition to him.
The Archbishop issued a press release on the time saying that “throughout the course of have been established verifiable stories of abusive conduct with adults and minors.”
Precht has not been charged with any crimes by Chilean authorities, however was not allowed to go away the nation’s capital, Santiago, pending completion of the church investigation.
“I completely deny collaborating, in any method, within the acts which I am slanderously being accused of,” the newspaper quoted him as saying. “I’ll defend my private and clerical honor in each method I can and any time it is violated.”
Precht was extraordinarily common in Chile and recognized for being a fierce defender of human rights throughout the Chilean dictatorship.
His defrocking comes because the Catholic Church continues to face criticism over its response to myriad allegations of sexual abuse in opposition to Catholic clergy over time.
The report alleged that for many years church officers in Chile knew about and lined up circumstances of sexual abuse, even destroying information.
Pope Francis had beforehand defended a Chilean bishop accused of concealing the abuse, saying he had been “slandered.”
Final month, police arrested a former Chilean priest over the alleged abuse of seven minors. Prosecutors say 158 folks, together with bishops, monks and lay individuals are underneath investigation.