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Chile court orders Catholic Church to compensate abuse victims of homosexual predator priest

The unprecedented ruling comes amid an ongoing clerical sex abuse scandal engulfing deeply religious Chile.

Unprecedented investigation

Karadima, now 88, lives in a nursing home in Santiago.

Due to the statute of limitations on sexual crimes under Chilean law, he was never charged by civilian authorities.

He was, however, found guilty of sexual abuse in a Vatican investigation in 2011, which meant that he remained a priest but could no longer administer in public.

His case is one of an increasing number of civil suits against clergymen Chile, where allegations of abuse and cover-ups have dogged the Catholic Church for years.In the last year, an unprecedented investigation has ramped up efforts to identify victims and perpetrators, with more than 100 clergymen being placed under investigation by state authorities. It is the largest clerical sex abuse probe in Latin American history and spans all of Chile’s 15 mainland regions.

On Saturday, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati, the archbishop of Santiago and the highest-ranking member of Chile’s Catholic Church. Ezzati was accused of covering up abuse but denies all wrongdoing.