Pope defrocks Chilean priest at center of abuse scandal

  • In this Nov. 11, 2015 file photo, Fernando Karadima is escorted from a court, after testifying in a case that three of his victims brought against the country’s Catholic Church in Santiago, Chile. Pope Francis has on Friday, Sept. 29, 2018, defrocked Karadima, a priest at the center of the global sex abuse scandal rocking his papacy, invoking his “supreme” authority to stiffen a sentence originally handed down by a Vatican court in 2011. (AP Photo/Luis Hidalgo, File)

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has defrocked a Chilean priest who was a central character in the global sex abuse scandal rocking his papacy, invoking his “supreme” authority to stiffen an earlier sentence because of the “exceptional amount of damage” the priest’s crimes had caused.

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