Pope Francis has invited a homosexual man from Chile who was sexually abused by a priest to fulfill with him on the Vatican.
Juan Carlos Cruz on Sunday advised the Washington Blade throughout a phone interview from Philadelphia that Francis invited him to be his “visitor” at his official residence close to St. Peter’s Basilica from April 26-Might 1.
Media stories point out Francis will meet with Cruz on April 28-29. Cruz advised the Blade that Francis needs “to spend as a lot time as attainable with me.”
Cruz is among the many lots of of people that Rev. Fernando Karadima sexually abused in his parish in El Bosque, a rich neighborhood within the Chilean capital of Santiago, for greater than three many years.
Cruz and two different males — José Murillo and James Hamilton, who Francis has additionally invited to the Vatican — publicly accused Karadima of abusing them.
Two Chilean courts dominated they may not prosecute Karadima as a result of the statute of limitations had expired. The Vatican in 2011 discovered him responsible and sanctioned him to a “lifetime of penance and prayer” at a convent.
Cruz, Murillo and Hamilton in a 2013 civil lawsuit accused Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati, the archbishop of Santiago, and his predecessor, Cardinal Francisco Javier Errázuriz, and the Archdiocese of Santiago of protecting up the abuse about which they knew.
A Chilean newspaper in 2015 printed emails between Ezzati and Errázuriz that confirmed they conspired to stop Cruz from being named to a intercourse abuse fee that Francis created.
Ezzati in a single electronic mail referred to Cruz as “the serpent.” Cruz advised the Blade in a earlier interview that Errázuriz dismissed his allegations in opposition to Karadima, noting he’s “homosexual and he favored it.”
“This tradition of abuse and cover-up has to finish,” Cruz advised the Blade on Sunday. “It’s been actually laborious coping with all this as a result of I’m homosexual. They’ve been further harsh, the cardinals.”
Francis admits to ‘critical errors’ in Karadima case
Cruz, Murillo and Hamilton are scheduled to fulfill with Francis lower than 4 months after the pontiff traveled to Chile.
Francis sparked widespread outrage within the predominantly Roman Catholic nation when he publicly defended Rev. Juan Barros, a Karadima protégé who’s the bishop of the Chilean metropolis of Osorno, and dismissed allegations that he witnessed the intercourse abuse and lined it up
Francis in a 2015 letter acknowledged Barros’ appointment would have confirmed controversial in Chile due to the allegations that Cruz and different Karadima victims have publicly made in opposition to him. A Chilean tv station later broadcast a video that exhibits Francis describing the Osorno residents who have been protesting in opposition to Barros as “dumb.”
Cruz in 2015 wrote a letter to Francis that detailed the abuse he suffered and reiterated his allegations in opposition to Barros. Cruz later mentioned Cardinal Sean O’Malley of the Archdiocese of Boston, who’s Francis’ high advisor on clergy intercourse abuse, advised him that he personally handed the letter to the pontiff.
Francis in a letter he despatched to the nation’s 32 Catholic bishops on April eight mentioned he made “critical errors” in the best way he has responded to the Karadima case. Francis in the letter additionally summoned them to the Vatican subsequent month.
Francis after he left Chile requested Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta and Father Jordi Bertomeu of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Religion to interview 64 intercourse abuse victims in Santiago and New York.
Bertomeu interviewed Cruz in New York in February. Francis obtained Bertomeu and Scicluna’s report on March 20.
Francis in his letter to the bishops mentioned Bertomeu and Scicluna have been “overwhelmed by the ache of so many victims.” Francis additionally mentioned their accounts of the intercourse abuse they suffered “causes me ache and disgrace.”
Cruz: Assembly shouldn’t be a ‘public relations train’
Cruz on Sunday advised the Blade he appreciates Francis’ “gesture” to fulfill with him, Murillo and Hamilton.
“I additionally don’t need this to be a public relations train,” added Cruz. “I definitely don’t need it to be about me. I would like it to be about each survivor around the globe who continues to be not being heard, who continues to be not being believed and who continues to be being mistreated. I really feel an unlimited weight to have the ability to convey that as a result of not all people will get this chance and I would like to have the ability to characterize all people nicely. It’s weighing on me quite a bit.”
Cruz additionally advised the Blade he’ll ask Francis to carry Barros and the opposite Chilean bishops who lined up Karadima’s abuse “accountable.”
“[I hope they will] lose their jobs and never get soft jobs just like the Vatican librarian or one thing like that,” mentioned Cruz.