POPE FRANCIS ACCEPTS THE RESIGNATIONS OF 3 CHILEAN BISHOPS – POPE ACCEPTS RESIGNATION OF BISHOP ACCUSED OF COVERING UP CLERICAL SEX ABUSE

Following are two stories about the resignations of three Chilean bishops accepted by Pope Francis. You will recall that all of the nation’s bishops tendered their resignations at the end of their meeting in Rome with Pope Francis last month. The first article is the Vatican’s brief announcement, and the second is CNA’s story that includes background, etc.

One of the bishops whose resignation was accepted was Bishop Juan Barros of Osorno. In 2015 Pope Francis appointed Bishop Barros to the Diocese of Osorno, an appointment that was extremely controversial in Chile as Barros had been accused of covering up sexual abuse by a close priest friend, Fr. Fernando Karadima. Victims tried for years to convince authorities of Karadima’s crimes and Barros’ coverup. In 2011, Karadima was pronounced guilty and ordered to a life of prayer and seclusion).

POPE FRANCIS ACCEPTS THE RESIGNATIONS OF 3 CHILEAN BISHOPS

The Holy See Press Office announces that Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of three Chilean Bishops–two for reasons of having reached the age limit.

Diocese of Osorno, Chile
The Holy Father has accepted the resignation from the pastoral governance of the diocese of Osorno, Chile, presented by His Excellency Msgr. Juan Barros Madrid.

The Holy Father has appointed as Apostolic Administrator sede vacante et ad nutum Sanctae Sedis of the same diocese of Osorno, Chile, His Excellency Msgr Jorge Enrique Concha Cayuqueo, O.F.M., Auxiliary Bishop of Santiago de Chile, Chile.

Archdiocese of Puerto Montt, Chile
The Holy Father has accepted the resignation from the pastoral governance of the diocese of Puerto Montt, Chile, presented by His Excellency Msgr. Cristián Caro Cordero, for reasons of having reached the age limit.

The Holy Father has appointed as Apostolic Administrator sede vacante et ad nutum Sanctae Sedis of the same archdiocese, Puerto Montt, Chile, the Reverend Father Ricardo Basilio Morales Galindo, O. de M., Provincial of the Mercedarians in Chile.

Diocese of Valparaiso, Chile
The Holy Father has accepted the resignation from the pastoral governance of the diocese of Valparaiso, Chile, presented by His Excellency Msgr. Gonzalo Duarte García De Cortázar, SS.CC., for reasons of having reached the age limit.

The Holy Father has appointed as Apostolic Administrator sede vacante et ad nutum Sanctae Sedis of the same diocese, Valparaiso, Chile, the His Excellency Msgr. Pedro Mario Ossandón Buljevic, Auxiliary Bishop of Santiago de Chile, Chile.

POPE ACCEPTS RESIGNATION OF BISHOP ACCUSED OF COVERING UP CLERICAL SEX ABUSE

Vatican City, Jun 11, 2018 (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican announced Monday that Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Juan Barros Madrid from his post in the diocese of Osorno, after being accused of covering-up for Chile’s most notorious abuser priest, Fernando Karadima.

The announcement came in a June 11 communique from the Vatican, along with the resignation of two other Chilean bishops who had reached the age of retirement.

Barros submitted his resignation to Pope Francis alongside every other active bishop in Chile at the close of a May 15-17 meeting between the pope and Chilean prelates, during which Francis chastised the bishops for systematic cover-up of abuse throughout the country.

Taking over as in Barros’ stead is Bishop Jorge Enrique Conchua Cayuqueo, O.F.M., auxiliary bishop of Santiago, who will serve as apostolic administrator for the Diocese of Osorno.

In addition to Barros, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Archbishop Cristián Caro Cordero of Puerto Montt, naming Fr. Ricardo Basilio Morales Galindo, provincial for the Order of Mercy in Chile as apostolic administrator.

He also accepted the resignation of Bishop Gonzalo Duarte García de Cortázar of Valparaíso, naming Bishop Pedro Mario Ossandón Buljevic, auxiliary bishop of Santiago, as apostolic administrator.

Both Caro and Duarte had reached the normal retirement age for bishops, at which it is customary for bishops to submit their resignation.

Francis had summoned the bishops of the country to Rome following an in-depth investigation and report into the Chilean clerical abuse crisis carried out by Maltese Archbishop Charles Scicluna and Msgr. Jordi Bertomeu of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in February, resulting in a 2,300 page report on the scandal.

The decision of whether to accept the bishops’ resignations is up toPope Francis. So far Barros, Caro and Duarte are the first bishops whose resignation Pope Francis has formally accepted.

The announcement of Barros’ resignation coincides with the announcement that Scicluna and Bertomeu will make another visit to Chile June 12-19, this time traveling to the diocese of Osorno, which Barros has led since 2015. The investigators will spend June 14-17 in Osorno, and the remainder of their time will be spent in Santiago.

Pope Francis’ appointment of Barros to Osorno in 2015 was met with a wave of objections and calls for his resignation. Dozens of protesters, including non-Catholics, attempted to disrupt his March 21, 2015 installation Mass at the Osorno cathedral.

Opponents have been vocal about their opposition to Barros ever since, with some of the most outspoken being victims of Karadima, who in 2011 was found guilty by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith of sexually abusing several minors during the 1980s and 1990s, and sentenced to a life of prayer and solitude.

Barros maintained his innocence, saying he didn’t know the abuse was happening. Pope Francis initially backed him, refusing to allow Barros to step down from his post and calling accusations against him “calumny” during a visit to Chile in January.

However, after Scicluna and Bertomeu’s investigation, the pope in April apologized for having made “serious mistakes” in judging the case due to “a lack of truthful and balanced information.”

Since then, he has met with two rounds of abuse survivors in addition to his meeting with Chilean bishops.

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PAPAL LETTER TO THE PILGRIM PEOPLE OF GOD IN CHILE – IN MEMORIAM: 74 YEARS AFTER NORMANDY

PAPAL LETTER TO THE PILGRIM PEOPLE OF GOD IN CHILE

On May 31, Holy See Press Office Director Greg Burke announced that the weekend of June 1-3, Pope Francis would host a group of Chilean priests at the Santa Marta residence. He added that, “With the aim of going forward with the process of reparation and healing of the victims of abuse, once again in coming days Archbishop Charles Scicluna and Bishop Jordi Bertomeu will go to Chile, this time on a mission in the diocese of Osorno, in agreement with Pope Francis.”

That press office statement also announced that, “In the meantime, as he had promised the bishops of Chile, the Holy Father will send the president of the Episcopal Conference of Chile a letter personally written by him and addressed to the People of Chile.”

Following is CNA’s translation of the full text of Pope Francis’ May 31 letter: To the Pilgrim People of God in Chile (you may have to cut and paste link if it is not working):

http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/full-text-of-pope-francis-letter-to-the-church-in-chile-35580?utm_source=CNA&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=daily_newsletter

IN MEMORIAM: 74 YEARS AFTER NORMANDY

I offer this column from Aleteia as a tribute to all those who died in Normandy 74 years ago, to those chaplains who prayed with men of all faiths who knew they might die yet hoped they would not die, but in particular I offer this as a tribute to those men who, when they knelt down, knew precisely why they were on their knees!

Aleteia: These incredible images remind us of the brave sacrifice of thousands and the important role of chaplains and priests during the aftermath.

Seventy-four years after the Allied invasion of Normandy, we remember and honor those who served during the largest seaborne invasion in history.

Chaplains and Catholic priests played an important role in providing essential spiritual and psychological guidance during the days and weeks that followed. Unarmed, they courageously put themselves on the front lines to say Mass, offer pastoral care for active and wounded soldiers, and provide last rites for the dying and prayers for those killed.

Click “Launch the slideshow” on the link below to see some incredible photos from D-Day and brave chaplains and priests who served during the aftermath:

D-Day, 74 years later: Remembering the heroic chaplains and priests of Normandy

POPE FRANCIS TO CELEBRATE MASS WITH 5 CHILEAN PRIESTS

POPE FRANCIS TO CELEBRATE MASS WITH 5 CHILEAN PRIESTS

FROM HOLY SEE PRESS OFFICE:

Pope Francis to celebrate Mass at 4 pm today with five Chilean priests who have been his guests at the Santa Marta residence since yesterday, June 1. He will have individual meetings with these priests. The aim of these meetings is to look more deeply into the reality lived by part of the faithful and the Chilean clergy. With the help of these five priests the Pope will try to put an end to the internal rupture in the community. Thus, one can begin to rebuild a healthy relationship between the faithful and their pastors once everyone becomes aware of their own wounds.

POPE APPOINTS APOSTOLIC VISITOR FOR MEDJUGORJE PARISH – FRANCIS SENDS SEX ABUSE INVESTIGATORS BACK TO CHILE

POPE APPOINTS APOSTOLIC VISITOR FOR MEDJUGORJE PARISH

The Holy See Press Office issued a statement noting that today, May 31, 2018, the Holy Father named Archbishop Henryk Hoser, S.A.C., emeritus of Warszawa-Praga, Poland, as Apostolic Visitor for the parish of Medjugorje, for an indeterminate period of time ‘ad nutum Sanctae Sedis’ (at the pleasure of the Holy See).

“This is exclusively a pastoral assignment in continuity with the mission of Holy See Special Envoy to the parish of Medjugorje that was entrusted to Abp. Hoser on February 11, 2017, and concluded by him in recent months. The aim of the Apostolic Visitor is to assure a stable and continuous accompaniment of the parish community of Medjugorje and of the faithful who travel there in pilgrimage whose needs call for a particular attention.”

(JFL: Archbishop Hoser, a Pallottine missionary priest and a trained physican, was sent to Medjugorje in 2011 to assess the pastoral needs of this immensely popular pilgrimage site. He was not tasked to judge the veracity of alleged appearances by the Blessed Virgin on this site as that is a doctrinal issue. However, Abp. Hoser’s final report is expected to be added to conclusions reached by the Ruini International Commission – a study and evaluation of Medjugorje entrusted to the former vicar of Rome, Cardinal Camillo Ruini – that took place over several years.)

FRANCIS SENDS SEX ABUSE INVESTIGATORS BACK TO CHILE

Statement from Holy See Press Office Director Greg Burke:

This coming weekend, as scheduled, the Holy Father will host a group of Chilean priests at the Santa Marta residence: https://joansrome.wordpress.com/2018/05/23/pope-to-meet-with-second-group-of-chilean-abuse-victims/

With the aim of going forward with the process of reparation and healing of the victims of abuse, once again in coming days Archbishop Charles Scicluna and Bishop Jordi Bertomeu will go to Chile, this time on a mission in the diocese of Osorno, in agreement with Pope Francis.

In the meantime, as he had promised the bishops of Chile, the Holy Father will send the president of the Episcopal Conference of Chile a letter personally written by him and addressed to the People

(JFL: In 2015 Pope Francis appointed Bishop Juan Barros to the Diocese of Osorno, an appointment that was extremely controversial in Chile as Barros had been accused of covering up sexual abuse by a close priest friend, Fr. Fernando Karadima. Victims tried for years to convince authorities of Karadima’s crimes and Barros’ coverup. In 2011, Karadima was proniunced guilty and sentenced to a life of prayer and solitude.)

POPE TO MEET WITH SECOND GROUP OF CHILEAN ABUSE VICTIMS

POPE TO MEET WITH SECOND GROUP OF CHILEAN ABUSE VICTIMS

The Holy See Press Office issued a statement last night, May 22, that Pope Francis, from June 1 to 3 in the Vatican, will meet with a second group of Fr, Fernando Karadima’s victims of abuse – or that of his followers – from the parish of Sagrado Corazón de Providencia (“El Bosque”) in Chile.

By Sr Bernadette Mary Reis, fsp

Among the group are 5 priests who were victims of “abuse of power, of conscience and sexual abuse,” as well as 2 additional priests who “have assisted the victims throughout the juridical and spiritual process, and 2 lay people involved in this suffering.” The group will be provided hospitality in the Santa Marta residence where the Pope lives.

The communique reported that most of those coming also took part in the meetings that took place in Chile with Archbishop Charles Scicluna and Bishop Jordi Bertomeu in February. Others collaborated in the weeks after their visit.

This upcoming June meeting was scheduled a month ago because, said the statement, “Pope Francis wants to demonstrate his closeness to the abused priests, to accompany them in their pain and listen to their valuable opinion so as to improve preventive measures and the fight against abuse in the Church.” This will conclude the first phase of the meetings that Pope Francis wanted to have with the victims from Sagrado Corazón de Providencia parish.

The meetings will be conducted “in an atmosphere of trust and confidentiality.” On Saturday morning, June 2, the Pope will celebrate Mass privately at Casa Santa Marta. In the afternoon, a meeting with the group is scheduled which will be followed by individual meetings.

The communique concluded: “The Holy Father continues to ask the faithful of Chile, and especially the faithful of the parishes where these priests have exercised their pastoral ministry—to accompany them with prayer and solidarity during these days.”

UPDATE BY VATICAN NEWS: CHILEAN BISHOPS IMPLORE FORGIVENESS FOR SEX ABUSE SCANDAL AND OFFER TO RESIGN

UPDATE BY VATICAN NEWS: CHILEAN BISHOPS IMPLORE FORGIVENESS FOR SEX ABUSE SCANDAL AND OFFER TO RESIGN

The 34 Chilean bishops who make up the country’s episcopal conference released a statement on Friday offering to resign and putting their fate in the hands of Pope Francis.

By Linda Bordoni (Vaticannews 3:51 pm)

Following three days of meetings with Pope Francis in the Vatican, the bishops of Chile read a statement in which they thanked the Pope for having listened to them “paternally and offered his fraternal correction” during these days of reflection and prayer.

Pope to decide on whether to accept the resignations

Speaking briefly to the press after having read their statement, the bishops explained that they have put their positions “in the hands of the Holy Father and will leave it to him to decide freely”for each of them.

They also referred to a document handed to them personally by the Pope in which are indicated a series of “absolutely reprehensible things that have happened in the Chilean Church in relation to unacceptable abuses of power, conscience and of sexual [nature], and which have led to diminishing of the prophetic vigor that characterized the Church.”

Appeal for forgiveness

Above all, said the bishops, they ask forgiveness for the pain caused to the victims of clerical sex abuse, to the Pope, to the people of God and to their country for their grave mistakes and omissions.

They also expressed gratitude to Archbishop Charles Scicluna and to Fr Jordi Bertomeu, the prelates charged by the Pope to investigate and to draw up the 2,300 page report into the sex abuse scandal that has rocked the Chilean Church, “for their pastoral and personal dedication, and for their effort of the past weeks to try and bring healing to the wounds of society and of the Church in their country.

“We thank the victims, the bishops continued, for their perseverance and for their courage in the face of all the grave personal, spiritual, social and family difficulties they have had to face,” a burden, they specified, often aggravated by the incomprehension and attacks of the ecclesial community.

Imploring yet again their forgiveness, the bishops ask for their help to be able to go forward on a path of healing.

A milestone in a process of deep change

Describing the past days of “honest dialogue” as a milestone in a process of deep change guided by Pope Francis, the bishops said that in communion with the Pope, they wish to re-establish justice and contribute to repair the damage caused, in order to give new impetus to the prophetic mission of the Church in Chile where, they said, “Christ should always have been at the center.”

Vowing to commit themselves fully to this new path the bishops concluded their statement expressing their desire that “the face of the Lord may shine anew” in the Chilean Church and with “humility and hope” they appealed to all to help them in their endeavor.

BREAKING: ALL OF CHILE’S BISHOPS OFFER RESIGNATIONS

BREAKING: ALL OF CHILE’S BISHOPS OFFER RESIGNATIONS

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Every bishop in Chile offered his resignation to Pope Francis after a three-day meeting at the Vatican to discuss the clerical sexual abuse scandal.

“We want to announce that all bishops present in Rome, in writing, have placed our positions in the Holy Father’s hands so that he may freely decide regarding each one of us,” Bishop Juan Ignacio Gonzalez Errazuriz of San Bernardo said May 18 in a statement on behalf of the country’s bishops.

The unprecedented decision was made on the final day of their meeting May 15-17 with Pope Francis.

Auxiliary Bishop Fernando Ramos Perez of Santiago, secretary general of the Chilean bishops’ conference said the pope had read to the 34 bishops a document in which he “expressed his conclusions and reflections” on the 2,300-page report compiled by Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta and his aide, Father Jordi Bertomeu, during a visit to Chile to investigate the scandal.

“The pope’s text clearly showed a series of absolutely reprehensible acts that have occurred in the Chilean church in relation to those unacceptable abuses of power, of conscience and sexual abuse that have resulted in the lessening of the prophetic vigor that characterized her,” Bishop Ramos said.

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