Chilean officials raid four dioceses in sex abuse investigation
by Catholic News Agency
posted Monday, 17 Sep 2018
A local prosecutor ordered the raids after multiple allegations
As part of the investigation into sexual crimes against minors committed by members of the Catholic Church in Chile, the offices of the Archdiocese of Concepción and the dioceses of Valparaíso, Chillán, and Osorno all raided on Thursday.
The Sept. 13 raids were carried out by prosecutors and police, and ordered by prosecutor Emiliano Arias.
Among some the cases being investigated, in the Archdiocese of Concepción Fr. Reinaldo Méndez is accused of rape, and in Valparaíso, Bishop Emeritus Gonzalo Duarte is being investigated over accusations of cover-up and abuse.
In Chillán there is a complaint against Bishop Carlos Pellegrín for an unspecified sexual crime.