Pope begins purge in Chile church over sex abuse scandal

Pope accepts resignation of three bishops over Chile sexual abuse scandal

Pope accepts resignation of three bishops over Chile sexual abuse scandal

Pope Francis on Monday accepted the resignations of three Chilean bishops following sex-abuse scandals - including Bishop Juan Barros, who was accused of witnessing but failing to report abuse, the Vatican announced Monday.

Besides Barros, the pope also agreed to the departures of Cristián Caro Cordero, bishop of Puerto Montt, and Gonzalo Duarte García de Cortázar, bishop of Valparaiso.

The other two bishops whose resignations were accepted had submitted them prior to the pope's summit after having reached the mandatory retirement age of 75.

Barros has been at the center of the scandal ever since Francis appointed him bishop of Osorno in 2015 over the objections of the local faithful, his own sex-abuse prevention advisers and some of Chile's other bishops.

"I'm thrilled for all those who have fought to see this day", he said.

Francis realized he had misjudged the Chilean situation after meeting with Cruz and reading the 2,300-page report compiled by two leading Vatican investigators about the depth of Chile's scandal, which has devastated the credibility of the church in a once overwhelmingly Roman Catholic country in the pope's native Latin America.

More heads were expected to roll, given that the scandal has only grown in the weeks since all of Chile's 30-plus active bishops offered to quit over their collective guilt in failing to protect Chile's children from priests who raped, groped and molested them.

The Vatican's most experienced sexual-abuse investigator, Archbishop Charles Scicluna, visited Chile this year to look into the scandal.

By accepting Barros' resignation, Francis essentially gave Scicluna and Bertomeu a hand in helping to heal the divisions in a diocese where Barros never was fully accepted as bishop.

It was not immediately clear if Monday's move meant the pope would not accept any of the other resignations.

He has since received two groups of Karadima's victims at the Vatican.

Several members of the Chilean church hierarchy are accused by victims of ignoring and covering up child abuse by Chilean paedophile priest Fernando Karadima during the 1980s and 1990s.

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