Pope accepts Barros resignation (2) - English

Pope accepts Barros resignation (2) - English

Pope Francis has accepted the resignations of three Chilean bishops following sex abuse scandals, including Bishop Juan Barros of Osorno, the city at the centre of the uproar, the Vatican said on Monday.

The two other bishops, who had reached the customary retirement age of 75, were Archbishop Cristian Caro Cordero of Puerto Montt and Bishop Gonzalo Duarte Garcia de Cortazar of Valparaiso.

Francis appointed 61-year-old Barros as bishop of Osorno in 2015, when victims' allegations against him were already widely known.

The June 11 communique from the Vatican said that Bishop Jorge Enrique Conchua Cayuqueo, a Franciscan and auxiliary bishop of Santiago, will now also serve as apostolic administrator for the Osorno diocese.

Francis called the Church leaders of Chile in Rome, realizing that he had committed "serious errors" in relation to the Barossa, which he strongly defended during his visit to Chile in January.

The Church said it would name a delegate next Monday to be stationed in Santiago and receive accusations of abuse, part of a new effort to help victims seek quick justice on still-open cases, some of which go back decades.

In a statement Monday, Barros asked forgiveness "for my limitations and what I couldn't handle".

Barros is accused of protecting pedophile priest Fernando Karadima and ignoring the experiences of victims.

All of Chiles bishops resigned en masse last month following the scandal. "I thought I was the only one in the world who had ever suffered that", Kramer said.

He also chose to host three Chilean sex abuse survivors at his home in the Vatican so he could apologise to them personally and hear their recommendations for change.

"We are seeking to provide concrete technical and legal advice.so that [the Church] can give a proper response to each case of sexual abuse", Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta said at a news conference in Santiago.

In a letter to Chileans released at the end of last month, the pontiff voiced "shame" that the Catholic Church failed "to listen and react in time" to the allegations of sexual abuse by Chilean clergy.

Several members of the Chile's Catholic Church hierarchy are accused by victims of ignoring and covering up child abuse by Chilean paedophile priest Fernando Karadima during the 1980s and 1990s. All the Chilean bishops offered their resignations to the Pope in response to their handling of the crisis.

By accepting Barros' resignation on the eve of their arrival, Francis is essentially giving Scicluna and Bertomeu a hand in helping to heal the divisions in a diocese where Barros was never fully accepted as bishop.

After he returned to the Vatican from that trip, Francis sent the Church's top sex crimes expert to Chile, to investigate further.

The Catholic Church's upcoming big family rally in Ireland will feature workshops on hot-button issues facing Catholic families, including priestly sexual abuse, weathering divorce and ministering to lesbian and gay faithful.

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