Pope Francis appointed the archbishop of Malta, Charles Scicluna, known for his recent investigations into cases of pedophilia in the Chilean Church, as deputy secretary in the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, as reported by the Vatican on Tuesday.
Scicluna, who will continue to be in charge of Malta, was promoter (prosecutor) of justice in the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and later a member of this institution, then headed by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, until 2015 when he was named archbishop.
The new "signing" of the Pope is considered one of the top experts in the persecution of sexual abuse by the clergy and was already in charge of investigating in 2005 the founder of the Legionaries of Christ, the Mexican Marcial Maciel, who was found guilty of sexual abuse.
Scicluna has also been in charge, together with the Spanish priest Jordi Bertomeu, official of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, to carry out the investigation into the accusations against the Bishop of Osorno, Juan Barros, of covering up the sexual abuses committed some years ago. by the priest Fernando Karadima.
Pope Francis commissioned him to return from his trip in January to Chile and Peru, where he had defended Barros. After his inquiries, the Pope affirmed that he had been misinformed and summoned all the Chilean bishops to the Vatican, who presented their resignation en bloc.