SANTIAGO, Chile (CNS) — After almost a year of investigation, the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith concluded that Bishop Cristian Contreras Molina of San Felipe was innocent of the child abuse accusations made against him.
Through a statement, the Diocese of San Felipe said that “the Vatican has concluded that those accusations were not true and has established the absence of incriminatory evidence.”
The district attorney’s office also closed its investigation regarding the case, the statement said, adding that the bishop had cooperated with both investigations.
“I always said that this accusation was a slander. Now I’m at peace. I have no doubts that the people of God know who their pastors are. I have received support from my family, the community and the priests,” said the bishop during a press conference June 20.
Paraphrasing Pope Francis’ words, he added that “there is no place in the church for priests who abuse minors. This means that I have always followed the church’s protocols that indicate that this (investigative) procedure must be followed under any accusation.”
On a worldwide level, Pope Francis said May 26 that “at the moment there are three bishops under investigation: One has already been found guilty, and we are now considering the penalty to be imposed.”
Help us keep you informed -- CatholicPhilly.com can't do it without youDuring CatholicPhilly.com's fall donation campaign, you have a way to help us deliver the kind of news you need to know about the Catholic Church, especially in the Philadelphia region, and the world in which we live. Every household's costs keep rising, and we're no different. We make sure your dollars in any amount go a long way toward continuing our mission to inform, form in the Catholic faith and inspire the thousands of readers who visit every month. Here is how you can help:
- A $100 gift allows us to present award-winning photos of Catholic life in our neighborhoods.
- A $50 gift enables us to cover a news event in a local parish, school or Catholic institution.
- A $20 gift lets us obtain solid faith formation resources that can deepen your spirituality and knowledge of the faith.
- A small, automated monthly donation means you can support us continually and easily.
Please join in the church's vital mission of communications by offering a gift in whatever amount that you can -- a single gift of $40, $50, $100, or more, or a monthly donation. Your gift will strengthen the fabric of our entire Catholic community.
Make your donation by check:
222 N. 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Or by credit card here: