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Vatican investigator meets Bishop Barros accuser

Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta (CNS)

A key victim in the Chilean sex abuse scandal says he feels his story finally has been heard after meeting with a Vatican sex-crimes investigator for more than three hours.

Whistleblower Juan Carlos Cruz met Archbishop Charles Scicluna at a Catholic church in Manhattan on Saturday.

Archbishop Scicluna is investigating accusations against Bishop Juan Barros, a protégé of Chile’s most notorious predator priest, Fr Fernando Karadima.

Cruz and two others have said Barros witnessed the abuse Karadima inflicted on them and ignored it. Barros has denied seeing or knowing of any abuse.

The scandal has tarred the reputation of Pope Francis. Francis angered many when he appointed Barros a bishop in 2015. On Saturday, the Pope revived his lapsed sex abuse advisory commission by naming new members.