Pope begins restoring normal governance to Chilean dioceses

Catholic News Service

Dec. 27, 2019

By Cindy Wooden

Beginning the process of restoring normal governance to the dioceses of Chile in the wake of a massive clerical sexual abuse and cover-up scandal, Pope Francis named archbishops for the archdioceses of Santiago and Puerto Montt.

In May 2018, every bishop in Chile offered his resignation to Francis after a three-day meeting at the Vatican to discuss the abuse scandal and cover up.

By March 2019, Francis had accepted the resignations of eight of the bishops leading one of the country’s 27 dioceses or other church jurisdictions.

Embattled Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati of Santiago was the last to step down. Francis named Bishop Celestino Aos Braco of Copiapo, 74, as administrator of the archdiocese in March and named him archbishop Dec. 27.

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