Pope de­frocks 2 Chilean bish­ops

The Citizens' Voice - - NATION & WORLD -

Pope Fran­cis on Sat­ur­day de­frocked two more Chilean bish­ops ac­cused of sex­u­ally abus­ing mi­nors, and to show greater trans­parency about how he’s re­spond­ing to the church’s global sex abuse cri­sis, he pub­licly ex­plained why they were re­moved.

The two — re­tired Arch­bishop Fran­cisco Jose Cox Huneeus and re­tired Bishop Marco An­to­nio Or­denes Fer­nan­dez — were lai­cized for abus­ing mi­nors with ev­i­dence so over­whelm­ing that a canon­i­cal trial was un­nec­es­sary. The Vat­i­can said the de­ci­sion can­not be ap­pealed.

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