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All of Chile’s 34 bishops resign after emergency meeting with Pope Francis over shocking sex scandal  Updated for 2021

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Updated: February 26, 2021


All the 34 Catholic bishops in Chile have resigned following an emergency meeting with Pope Francis over a shocking sex scandal that threatened to engulf the secretive church.

It is the first time in history that an entire national bishops conference had offered to resign over a cover-up of sexual abuse in their country.

Newspapers quickly pointed out that the mass resignation laid bare the devastation that the abuse crisis has caused the Catholic Church in Chile and beyond.

According to reports, the bishops also apologised to Chile, the victims of abuse and the pope for the scandal in an extraordinary joint statement.

In the statement, the bishops said all 31 active bishops and three retired ones in Rome had signed a document offering to resign.

It was not immediately clear if the pope had accepted their resignation.

In the statement, the bishops said all 31 active bishops and three retired ones in Rome had signed a document offering to resign.

Francis can accept the resignations one by one, reject them or delay a decision.

“Calls had mounted for the resignations after details emerged of the contents of a 2,300-page Vatican report into the Chilean scandal leaked early Friday.

“In one of the most damning documents from the Vatican on the issue, Francis said the entire Chilean church hierarchy was collectively responsible for ‘grave defects’ in handling cases and the resulting loss of credibility that the Catholic Church has suffered,” Daily Mail reported.

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Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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