VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Saturday defrocked two extra Chilean prelates accused of sexually abusing minors. To indicate higher transparency about how he is responding to the church’s, the pontiff publicly defined why they have been eliminated.
The Vatican’s unusually detailed assertion asserting the laicization of Jose Cox Huneeus and Marco Antonio Ordenes Fernandez signaled a brand new diploma of transparency following previous missteps that appeared to underestimate the gravity of the scandal.
Explaining the newest removals as Chile’s church is named to account for many years of sexual abuse and cover-ups, the assertion made clear the 2 have been defrocked for abusing minors with proof so overwhelming canonical trial was pointless.
The Vatican stated the transfer couldn’t be appealed.
Beforehand, the Vatican has hardly ever, if ever, introduced laicizations of particular person monks and solely issued a single-line assertion if a bishop had resigned, with out additional clarification. Earlier than Francis’ papacy it was observe to disclose if resignations have been retirements as a consequence of age, or for another ‘grave’ motive that made them unfit for workplace. Advocates for abuse survivors have lengthy complained in regards to the Vatican’s secrecy in dealing with such abuse instances, and the shortage of transparency when arrived at judgments.
Vatican spokesman Greg Burke stated Saturday’s extra detailed assertion prompt a brand new development in the way in which the Vatican will announce outcomes of investigations of bishops accused of abuse.
The transfer comes sooner or later after Francis accepted the resignation offrom his put up because the archbishop of Washington, D.C. Wuerl was implicated in a latest and had confronted elevated calls to step down over allegations he coated up for so-called “predator monks.”
The problem of church intercourse abuse got here up in a papal viewers earlier Saturday with Chilean President Sebastian Pinera Echenique, who additionally met with the Vatican secretary of state, Cardinal Pietro Parolin. The Vatican stated each conferences mentioned “the painful scourge of abuse of minors, reiterating the hassle of all in collaboration to fight and stop the perpetration of such crimes and their concealment.”
Just lately Francis has eliminated two different Chilean prelates and denied them an opportunity to enchantment, in an indication that he now understands that some abusers can not stay within the priesthood for the nice of the church.
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