Might 18 () — All of the Catholic Church’s Chilean bishops, in Italy to attend conferences over a intercourse assault scandal, submitted their resignations Friday in an unprecedented transfer.
The bishops on the conferences submitted the resignations to Pope Francis. It wasn’t instantly clear, although, in the event that they have been accepted.
The resignations of Chile’s 34 Roman Catholic bishops got here on the finish of a 3-day assembly in Rome that mentioned considerations over the best way abuse circumstances within the South American nation have been dealt with.
The pope beforehand stated he feels “ache and disgrace” for the “crucified lives” of clergy-related intercourse abuse victims, and acknowledged he made critical errors in his dealing with of the circumstances.
In a written assertion to Spanish press, the bishops thanked Pope Francis for his “paternal listening and fraternal correction.”
“We need to announce that every one bishops current in Rome, in writing, have positioned our positions within the Holy Father’s fingers in order that he might freely resolve relating to every one among us,” Bishop Juan Ignacio Gonzalez Errazuriz of San Bernardo stated on behalf of the Chilean bishops.
The bishops requested forgiveness for “critical errors and omissions” and thanked Maltese Archbishop Charles Scicluna and Spanish Msgr. Jordi Bertomeu for his or her in-depth investigation into the circumstances.
“All Chilean bishops have resigned. Unprecedented and good. This may change issues perpetually,” sufferer Juan Carlos Cruz, who met with the pope final month, tweeted Friday.
Errazuriz stated the bishops will return to their dioceses in Chile and proceed work till they hear from the pope.
Pope Francis angered abuse victims earlier this yr when he stated one bishop accused of protecting up abuse circumstances had been slandered.