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Pope accepts resignation of Chile’s Bishop Barros

June 11, 2018

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CWN Editor's Note: Three weeks after all 31 active Chilean bishops joined in a mass resignation, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Archbishop Cristián Caro Cordero, 75; Bishop Gonzalo Duarte García de Cortáza, 75; and Bishop Juan Barros Madrid, 61.

Bishop Barros was a close associate of Father Fernando Karadima, who sexually abused minors. In 2015, the Pope appointed Bishop Barros as head of the Diocese of Osorno, provoking much controversy and a subsequent Vatican investigation and papal apology.

The other two Chilean prelates whose resignations the Pope accepted are over 75 years old and thus due for retirement.

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  • Posted by: james-w-anderson8230 - Jun. 13, 2018 1:00 AM ET USA

    One would have thought that the Cardinal from Chile, who is on the Pope's Council of 9, would have been the first one to go. Oh, I forgot he is one of the Pope's buddies and can do no wrong.