All of the Roman Catholic bishops in Chile have now offered their resignations
Pope Francis received an eight-page letter that described, in graphic detail, the sexual abuse at the hands of pedophile Chilean priest, then denied even getting it.
The Pontiff has since bowed down to the pressure from victims.
Recently, Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of three Chilean bishops all accused of ‘covering up’ for pedophile priest in the 1980s and 1990s, according to BBC reports.
All of the Roman Catholic bishops in Chile have now offered their resignations, but the Pope has only accepted three of the 34 was announced today.
The resignations come from the following Bishops:
- Archbishop Cristián Caro Cordero of Puerto Montt
- Bishop Gonzalo Duarte García de Cortázar of Valparaíso
- Bishop Barros of Osorno
It’s unclear as to whether the remaining 31 bishops resignations will be accepted, but it seems Pope Francis has cracked under the pressure from victims of pedophile priests.
In January, Pope Francis apologized to the child victims of Chile’s pedophile priests stating he “deeply regrets” the sex abuse against children in the country.
Activists protesting the Pontiff visit to Chile described him as “satanic” before burning at least nine churches over the past few days.
The Inquisitor reports: “The day I see proof against Bishop Barros, then I will talk. There is not a single piece of evidence against him. It is all slander. Is that clear?” the Pope had said at the time.
Apart from refusing to talk about sexual abuse Bishop Barros had committed, the Pope – according to his own advisers – received a letter from one of the victims in 2015.
The eight-page letter, according to CBC, graphically detailed sexual abuse at the hands of a priest, as well as the subsequent coverup by Chilean church authorities.
“Holy Father, it’s bad enough that we suffered such tremendous pain and anguish from the sexual and psychological abuse, but the terrible mistreatment we received from our pastors is almost worse,” the victim wrote.
The victim’s letter was, in fact, delivered to the Pope, specifically and by hand, by a special delegation.
The victim, Juan Carlos Cruz, described the abuse by Reverend Fernando Karadima; abuse Bishop Barros – who the Pope has repeatedly and publicly defended – and others witnessed, ignored, and covered up.
Among the three to go in the wake of a child sexual abuse scandal is Juan Barros.
“Cardinal O’Malley (who delivered the letter) called me after the Pope’s visit here in Philadelphia and he told me, among other things, that he had given the letter to the Pope — in his hands,” Juan Carlos Cruz said.
Pope Francis has, according to BBC, apologized to victims after more than 1,000 Chileans wrote to him, asking him to reconsider the installation of Juan Barros as bishop of the Chilean city of Osorno.
Pope Francis remains in the spotlight, following recent comments about climate change with pleads to oil executives that call for clean fuel.
As Al Jazeera reported, the Pope called climate change a “challenge of epochal proportions.”
In 2013, Vice released a special report detailing the PR machinery which, so it seems, has managed to turn Pope Francis into a popular, widely-appreciated individual in spite of sexual abuse scandals.
The PR guru behind the Pope charming the world is Greg Burke, a former Fox News correspondent.
Burke has, Vice noted, managed to “open up and rejuvenate the Holy See.”