Pope de­frocks 2 Chilean bish­ops for sex abuse

The Record (Troy, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

VATICANCITY >> 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 Vat­i­can’s un­usu­ally de­tailed state­ment an­nounc­ing the lai­ciza­tion of re­tired Arch­bishop Fran­cisco Jose Cox Huneeus and re­tired Bishop Marco An­to­nio Or­denes Fer­nan­dez sig­naled a new de­gree of trans­parency fol­low­ing past mis­steps by Fran­cis that showed he had grossly un­der­es­ti­mated the grav­ity of the abuse scan­dal.

The state­ment said the two were de­frocked for abus­ing mi­nors with ev­i­dence so over­whelm­ing that a canon­i­cal trial was un­nec­es­sary. The Vat­i­can said the de­ci­sion can­not be ap­pealed.

Pre­vi­ously, the Vat­i­can has rarely, if ever, an­nounced lai­ciza­tions of in­di­vid­ual priests and only is­sued a sin­gle-line state­ment if a bishop had re­signed, without fur­ther ex­pla­na­tion.

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