On Monday, June 11, 2018, the Vatican announced that Pope Francis has accepted Bishop Juan Barros’ resignation. Bishop Jorge Enrique Concha Cayuqueo, an Auxiliary Bishop from Santiago, will serve as Apostolic Administrator of Barros’ former diocese.
Following the May summit with the Pope on their country’s sexual abuse scandal, all thirty-one Chilean Bishops tendered their resignations to the Pontiff. Such a mass resignation was a first-time event in the church’s history and the world has been waiting for Pope Francis’ decision to either accept the resignations or reject them.
Two other bishops’ resignations were also accepted: Archbishop Cristián Caro Cordero of Puerto Montt and Bishop Gonzalo Duarte García de Cortázar of Valparaíso. Both are 75 years old, the mandatory retirement age for bishops in the Church.
The removals preceded the visit of two papal investigators to Osorno to “advance the process of reparation and healing.” Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta, a former official of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and Spanish Monsignor Jordi Bertomeu, a current official of the congregation, will be in the diocese June 14-17.
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