Pope Francis Defrocks Priest Fernando Karadima, A Notorious Abuser In Chile : NPR

Pope Francis has defrocked notorious Chilean priest Fernando Karadima, making what the Vatican calls an “exceptional” decision based on his own conscience and concern for the good of the Catholic Church. Karadima has been the face of the church’s sexual abuse scandal in Chile.

The move is effective immediately. It was announced in a brief communique from the Vatican’s press office, stating that Francis had signed the decree removing Karadima from the priesthood on Thursday and that Karadima was informed of the pope’s decision on Friday.

Source: Pope Francis Defrocks Priest Fernando Karadima, A Notorious Abuser In Chile : NPR

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