(Edited from AP, Sao Paulo) The detention of an 83-year-old priest in Brazil for allegedly abusing boys as young as 12 has added to the scandals hitting the Roman Catholic Church in Latin America, even as Chile’s bishops asked pardon Tuesday for past cases.

(Edited from AP, Sao Paulo) The detention of an 83-year-old priest in Brazil for allegedly abusing boys as young as 12 has added to the scandals hitting the Roman Catholic Church in Latin America, even as Chile’s bishops asked pardon Tuesday for past cases.

The allegations against Monsignor Luiz Marques Barbosa – and two other Brazilian priests – have made headlines throughout the world’s most populous Catholic nation and come amid accusations of sexual abuse by priests around the world.

The scandal erupted when Brazilian television network SBT broadcasted last month a tape of Barbosa in bed with a 19-year-old that was widely distributed on the Internet.

On the other hand, a priest in Chile was charged recently with eight cases of sexually abusing minors, including a girl he had fathered. Chile’s bishops’ conference issued a statement Tuesday apologizing for priestly sexual abuse and vowing a “total commitment” to prevent it in the future.

“There is no place in the priesthood for those who abuse minors and there are no pretexts whatever that can justify this crime,” said Monsignor Alejandro Goic, president of the Episcopal Conference.

On Tuesday, a Mexican citizen filed a civil lawsuit in U.S. federal court in California against former priest Nicolas Aguilar Rivera and the Roman Catholic cardinals of Mexico City and Los Angeles, claiming they moved the priest between the two nations to hide abuse allegations. An advocacy group, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, said the plaintiff alleges Aguilar Rivera molested him in the mid-1990s when he was 12.

In a report last week, The Associated Press detailed how its reporters around the globe had found 30 cases of priests accused of abuse who were transferred or moved abroad by the church and some escaped police investigations. Many had access to children in other countries, and some abused again. The probe spanned 21 nations across six continents.

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