Chilean Archbishop Says To Forgo Te Deum Amid Church Sex Abuse Scandal

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Chilean Archbishop Says To Forgo Te Deum Amid Church Sex Abuse Scandal

SANTIAGO – Archbishop of Santiago Ricardo Ezzati said on Saturday that he would not lead Chile´s Te Deum, an annual religious ceremony attended by the country´s top politicians and clergy, amid a church sex abuse scandal that has sent shockwaves through the conservative Catholic nation.

Ezzati, who has long led the ceremony and is among Chile´s most recognized religious figures, said in a statement he thought it “prudent that he not lead the traditional Te Deum” given the “profound crisis that the Church is undergoing.”

Chilean law enforcement is investigating 38 accusations of sexual abuse against 73 bishops, clerics and lay workers, involving 104 victims. It is among the most aggressive investigations of the Church undertaken by any judicial authority.

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