When Juan Barros was appointed bishop of the Diocese of Osorno, Chile, a fight broke out as he tried to enter the cathedral, with some 3000 protesters gathered outside. Opponents said he was too close to the priest Fernando Karadima, “Chile’s most notorious pedophile“.
Yeah, that looks pretty divisive.
This week the pope visited Chile and accused the sex abuse victims of slander. The pope’s visit was met with demonstrations and firebombings of churches. The protests were covered by the New York Times, the Washington Post, Huffpo, BBC News, etc.
So, English Wikipedia has not one but two articles on Fernando Karadima. The Fernando Karadima article, at 1,195 bytes, is barely a stub. It has been edited exactly once this year, today, when a San Francisco-based IP removed the word “pedophile” from the article, citing “BLP violation” in the edit summary.
But surprise, surprise, surprise, there is another, and much larger article at Karadima case, topping out at 10,751 bytes. That one hasn’t been edited at all lately.
Teh google is not amused. It lists the larger article first in its search results.
The Spanish Wikipedia follows the same pattern. The spinoff article, Caso Karadima, is huge at 40 651 bytes and 54 references. Yesterday it was edited three times, an IP in Santiago Chile changed “
supuestos abusos sexuales” (“alleged sexual abuse”) to “sexual abuse” and “ presuntos abusados” (“presumed abused persons”) to “ which was reverted 8 minutes later.
The Fernando Karadima article on the Spanish Wikipedia is more developed than the English one, with 10 974 bytes, 11 references, and 9 edits in the last two days, but the spinoff controversy article is still the major one. The article carries a merge template, and a merge discussion has been ongoing since 2010.
And Bishop Juan Barros? His article is in Spanish at Juan Barros Madrid, with all the trappings and boxes of a bishop, and corresponding articles in German and Polish.
But the only mention of his name on English Wikipedia is on the “Karadima case” article. The names of the bishops trained by Karadima
may be blue linked in the “Karadima case” article, but the links are to the Spanish Wikipedia, thus ensuring no English articles get written about these four. are now redlinked with an interwiki link template.
Note: papal apology.