Chilean prosecutors probing 36 claims of Catholic Church sex abuse

Source: Reuters

(Reuters) – The Chilean civil authorities are investigating 36 accusations of sexual abuse against bishops, clerics and lay workers in the Roman Catholic Church, the national prosecutor’s office said on Monday.

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A Roman Catholic faithful prays during Mass at Santiago Cathedral in Santiago, February 16, 2013. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado

The investigations are among 144 reports of sexual abuse implicating 158 Church workers made since 2000, it added in a statement.

The figures were released at a news conference in the capital Santiago by Luis Torres, the head of human rights and gender crime divisions for the Chilean national prosecutor’s office.

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