A Roman Catholic priest said he had an inappropriate two-year relationship with former Rep. Mark Foley in the s that included massaging the boy in the nude, but he did not specifically remember having sex, a newspaper reported Thursday. The Rev. Anthony Mercieca, 72, described several encounters that he said Foley might perceive as sexually inappropriate, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reported. They include massaging Foley while the boy was naked, skinny-dipping together at a secluded lake in Lake Worth and being nude in the same room on overnight trips.
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Chile is one of the countries embroiled in a worldwide scandal about child sexual abuse committed by members of the Catholic Church. The country's top cardinal, Ricardo Ezzati, has been summoned to a hearing for questioning over allegations he covered up the abuse, which he denies. In total, more than members of the Roman Catholic Church in Chile are under investigation for allegedly committing or covering up sexual abuse from onwards. BBC Mundo's Constanza Hola spoke to two of the more than victims of clerical sex abuse and also to Gonzalo Duarte, one of the five Chilean bishops whose resignation Pope Francis accepted in the wake of the scandal. Our reporter spoke to Bishop Duarte before he resigned.
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