— ASSOCIATED PRESS
Cardinal rebukes pope over sex abuse comments
Pope Francis’ top adviser on clerical sex abuse implicitly rebuked the pontiff over his accusations of slander against Chilean abuse victims, saying Saturday that his words were “a source of great pain for survivors.”
Cardinal Sean O’Malley, the archbishop of Boston, said such expressions had the effect of relegating victims to “discredited exile.”
Francis set off an uproar Thursday when he accused victims of Chile’s most notorious pedophile priest of having slandered Bishop Juan Barros. The victims say Barros knew of the abuse by Rev. Fernando Karadima but did nothing to stop it.