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Chileans denounce suffering sex abuse by Marists, priests

This April 2, 2018 photo shows a large cursive M with 12 stars, a symbol that is identified with the Marist Brothers, adorning a glass door, backdropped by the silhouette of a student walking nearby, at the Alonso de Ercilla Institute in Santiago, Chile. The Marist Brothers congregation has revealed that at least 14 minors were abused from the 1970s until 2008 by a brother who worked at two of the order's schools. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)
May 13, 2018 - 9:01 PM

SANTIAGO, Chile - Even as Pope Francis apologized for his failures in connection with Chile's most famous case of clerical sex abuse, the pope and that country's deeply discredited Catholic Church are under mounting pressure to address another, even bigger sex scandal.

The blooming scandal involves the Marist Brothers, a congregation dedicated to education.

It came to light last August, when the group revealed that at least 14 minors were abused from the 1970s until 2008 by Abel Perez, a brother who worked at two of the order's schools. Then it acknowledged that another Marist sexually abused five students.

The Marists opened a canonical investigation and launched legal action against Perez. But many Chileans were outraged when the order admitted that Perez had confessed in 2010 — seven years earlier.

News from © The Associated Press, 2018
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