Image copyright Reuters Image caption The Pope's visit to Chile in January was overshadowed by the abuse scandal The Pope has said he made "serious mistakes" over a case of alleged child abuse by Catholic clergy in Chile. The rule announced on Tuesday was also a product of the February meeting, the Vatican said.
Father Karadima never faced prosecution as too much time had passed, but the judge who heard victims' testimony described them as "truthful and reliable".
A Chilean bishop, Juan Barros, is accused of hiding abuses by a priest. In recent years, church officials in the United States and some other countries have shared with civil authorities information about some sexual abuse allegations.
They told reporters that the Pope's demand that they provide evidence was "offensive and unacceptable". The Rev. The instructions also made clear that even if documents and testimony produced in canonical trials are shared with civil law enforcement officials or other interested parties, they may not be made public.
In the letter released by the Chilean Church on Wednesday, the Pope says he "made serious mistakes in assessing and perceiving the situation, especially due to a lack of truthful and balanced information".
Read Next Child dies, sister critically injured after being hit by s However, for most of the world, that's not the case. View author archive email the author follow on twitter Get author RSS feed. China slaps restrictions on US diplomats' movements as tensions grow. Francis called for the four-day meeting at the Vatican last September, with the apparent aim of relieving some pressure, but it also increased expectations.
The letter, released by the Church in Chile, said the Pope would invite some of the victims to Rome. These are external links and will open in a new window. Elsewhere on the BBC. The Vatican had previously argued that the imposition of pontifical secrecy was necessary to protect both victim and accused.
But he reiterated his belief that Bishop Barros was innocent. Barrett Doyle said.