Catholic Priest Will Not Stand Trial for Illegal Adoptions

The courts will not prosecute because the time deadline has passed.

Denalee Chapman February 24, 2015
article image

Chilean Catholic priest, Gedraro Joannon, will not face prosecution, stated a judge who ruled that the actions took place too long ago. Joannon admits to taking at least two babies from unwed mothers, telling the mothers the babies had died, then placing the babies with adoptive parents. The Catholic priest even held funeral masses for the babies.

At the time, the stigma against unwed mothers was so strong that he acted, not for personal gain, but to protect the women and the children. This was a time when dictator General Augusto Pinochet ruled the country. It was a time of state-sponsored assassinations and disappearances.

Although Joannon does not dispute the accusations, nor does he dispute the relationship he had with one of the birth mothers, the courts will not prosecute because the time deadline has passed.

The full story about the Chilean Catholic priest may be read at the Daily Mail.

author image

Denalee Chapman

Denalee is an adoptive mother, a motivational speaker, a writer, and a lover of life. She and her husband have adventured through the hills and valleys of life to find that the highest highs and the lowest lows are equally fulfilling. Book Denalee to speak to your group, or find Denalee's writings, including her books on her website at DenaleeChapman.com.


Want to contact an adoption professional?

Love this? Want more?

Claim Your FREE Adoption Summit Ticket!


The #1 adoption website is hosting the largest, FREE virtual adoption summit. Come listen to 50+ adoption experts share their knowledge and insights.

Members of the adoption community are invited to watch the virtual summit for FREE on September 23-27, 2019, or for a small fee, you can purchase an All-Access Pass to get access to the summit videos for 12 months along with a variety of other benefits.

Get Your Free Ticket


Host: ws02.elevati.net