Venerdì, 19 Ottobre 2018
VATICAN CITY

Chilean bishops quit en masse over paedophilia (3)

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Vatican City, May 18 - Chilean bishops in Rome to
discuss the clerical sex abuse scandal on Friday said they had
tendered their resignations to Pope Francis. They made the
announcement at the end of talks with the pope over the crisis
in the Chilean Church over the paedophilia scandal.
Pope Francis ended his talks with Chilean bishops on the
paedophilia scandal by thanking them in a letter Thursday "for
the full willingness that each showed to join and collaborate in
all those changes and resolutions that we will have to implement
in the short, medium and long term, necessary to restore justice
and ecclesial communion".
Pope Francis met with 34 Chilean bishops at the Vatican as
part of a series of confidential gatherings to formulate a
response to the child abuse crisis that has rocked the Roman
Catholic Church in the South American country, director of the
Vatican press office Greg Burke has said.
There were meetings on four days this week.
In a statement on Saturday the Vatican Press Office explained
that "it is fundamental to restore trust in the Church through
good Pastors who witness with their lives that they have heard
the voice of the Good Shepherd, and who know how to accompany
the suffering of the victims, and work in a determined and
tireless way in the prevention of abuse".
"The Holy Father thanks his brother Bishops for their
willingness to stand in docile and humble listening to the Holy
Spirit, and he renews his request to the People of God in Chile
to continue to pray for the conversion of all".
The pope has apologised to abuse victims for playing down
their opposition to Bishop Juan Barros who they said covered up
abuse by the country's worst clerical predator Father Fernando
Karadima, despite allegedly witnessing it.
Last month Francis admitted to making "serious mistakes" over
child sex abuse by members of the clergy in Chile.
The pontiff made the admission in a letter to the bishops of
Chile after reading a report by two special envoys sent for the
express purpose of listening the stories of victims in the South
American country.
Francis caused an outcry during his visit to Chile in January
when he defended Bishop Barros, who is accused of protecting
predator priest Karadima despite having witnessed the abuse,
saying there was no proof.
"The collected testimonies speak in a stark way, without
additives or sweeteners, of many crucified lives, and I confess
to you that that causes me sorrow and shame," the pope wrote in
the letter, which the Vatican made public.
"I have made serious mistakes in the assessment and
perception of the situation, especially due to the lack of
truthful and balanced information."
The head of the Catholic Church asked for forgiveness "from
all those I have offended," saying he hoped to do so personally
in coming days, in a series of meetings in Rome with
representatives of the people interviewed.

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