All Chilean bishops resign in child abuse scandal

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Vatican Defends Appointing Chilean Bishop Accused of Hiding Abuse

31 March 2015

The Vatican on Tuesday strongly defended its appointment of a bishop in Chile despite protests by critics who have accused him of covering up sexual abuse. Juan Barros was installed on March 21 as new bishop of Osorno as supporters holding white balloons and opponents carrying black ones shouted at each other during the ceremony in the city’s cathedral. The appointment outraged some parishioners, national legislators and abuse victims who said Barros had protected one of the nation’s most notorious pedophiles and asked Pope Francis to rescind it. Critics in Chile say Barros was aware of and helped cover up abuse by Father Fernando Karadima, 84, who was a mentor to a number of younger priests, including Barros.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

All Chilean bishops offer resignation due to abuse scandal

All 34 Chilean bishops have submitted their resignation to Pope Francis. They resign because of the abuse scandal within the Catholic Church in Chile. Francis still has to accept the resignation of the bishops.

One of the bishops [Monsignor Juan Barros] is accused of covering up child abuse by a pedophile priest. Francis dismissed these accusations as slander, but after a storm of criticism, he changed that and talked to victims of sexual abuse.

12 thoughts on “All Chilean bishops resign in child abuse scandal

  1. ALL 34 Chilean Catholic bishops offered their resignation to Pope Francis yesterday over allegations of child sex abuse and a systematic cover-up by the church hierarchy.

    Demands for the bishops to quit surged after details of a 2,300-page Vatican report on the Chilean scandal were leaked yesterday morning.

    Pope Francis accused the bishops, 31 in office and three retired, of destroying evidence of sex crimes, coercing investigators to minimise abuse accusations and showing “grave negligence” in the protection of children from paedophile priests.

    In one of the Vatican’s most damning documents on the issue, the Pope said the entire Chilean church hierarchy was collectively responsible for “grave defects” in handling cases and the resulting loss of credibility suffered by the church.

    The pontiff also admitted having made “grave errors of judgement” personally in defending Bishop Juan Barros, who was accused by victims of Chilean priest Fernando Karadima of witnessing and ignoring their abuse.


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