Pope de­frocks two bish­ops for sex abuse of mi­nors

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - - World -

VAT­I­CAN CITY:

Pope Fran­cis has de­frocked two Chilean bish­ops for the al­leged sex­ual abuse of mi­nors, the Vat­i­can said in a state­ment on Satur­day af­ter a meet­ing be­tween the pon­tiff and the pres­i­dent of Chile. The de­ci­sion to ex­pel for­mer arch­bishop Fran­cisco Jose Cox Huneeus and for­mer bishop

Marco An­to­nio Or­denes Fer­nan­dez -- the lat­est heads to roll in a coun­try hit hard by the cleric abuse scan­dal -- could not be ap­pealed, it said. Both were stripped of their priest­hood “as a con­se­quence of overt acts of abuse against mi­nors”. De­frock­ing is con­sid­ered the harsh­est penalty for priests within the Church and means the of­fender is for­bid­den from ex­er­cis­ing any cler­i­cal du­ties at all, even in pri­vate. AFP

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