Pope Francis accepts resignation of three Chilean bishops

Good, even if it did take a house to fall on Francis, who used a hammer to kill the fly on baby’s nose.

That is, calling for offers to resign by all the Chilean bishops. Or it looks that way from afar. Alternatively, they all were suspect and in any case, they all survive at Francis’s will in the matter.

Besides 61-year-old Barros, the pope also agreed to the departures of Cristian Caro Cordero, bishop of Puerto Montt, and Gonzalo Duarte Garcia de Cortazar, bishop of Valparaiso, who had both reached the normal retirement age of 75. [And therefore would have made the offer regardless of the situation.]

Barros has been at the centre of the growing scandal ever since Pope 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.

They questioned Barros’ suitability to lead given he had been a top lieutenant of Chilean paedophile priest Fernando Karadima and had been accused by victims of witnessing and ignoring their abuse. [boldface added]

The scandal is the latest to rock the Roman Catholic Church, and Argentine-born Francis said it must not happen again on his watch.

We may piously hope so, even while wondering what demon waits to be exorcised within the Holy Father, that which inspires his stubbornness, now reversed, in such a matter. As the gossipy lady said about another’s gauche apparel, what was [he] thinking?

via Chile News | Al Jazeera

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