Chilean police seize Vatican documents on priest suspended for abuse
Catholic World News - April 18, 2011
Chilean authorities have searched the office of a lawyer representing a priest who had been charged with sexual abuse, and seized documents pertaining to a confidential Vatican investigation.
Father Fernando Karadima had been the defendant in a civil suit in Chile, but the case was dismissed for lack of evidence. However, a separate Vatican investigation resulted in the priest's suspension from ministry. Reasoning that the Vatican had evidence of the priest's guilt, the civil case was re-opened and a judge authorized a search of the attorney's office.
Church officials had previously refused to turn over the documents related to the Vatican investigation, citing its confidentiality.
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