INTERNATIONAL

Chilean church suspends 14 priests

Santiago, May 23: The Chilean Catholic church has suspended 14 priests for allegedly being involved in child sex abuse. The Diocese of Rancagua announced its decision in a statement on Tuesday after reports of a confidential 10-page document uncovering sexual abuse and improper conduct by a group of prelates from Rancagua were leaked on May 18, Efe news reported. “Fourteen priests have been restricted from their priestly Ministry. This means that it has been revealed, mainly by what the media exposed, that these priests have committed actions that can constitute crimes in both the civil and canonical spheres,” Father Marcelo Lorca said in a statement. (IANS)