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CDF orders prominent Chilean priest to life of prayer, penitence

Catholic World News - February 21, 2011

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has found Father Fernando Karadima, one of Chile’s most prominent priests, guilty of sexual abuse. The 80-year-old priest, according to the congregation’s ruling, is subject to a “lifelong prohibition from the public exercise of any ministerial act, particularly confession and the spiritual guidance of any category of persons” and “retirement to a life of prayer and penitence, also in reparation to the victims of his abuses.”

A leader in the Catholic Action movement, Father Karadima, who helped train five of the nation’s bishops, was accused of abusing young men while hearing their confessions.

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