Pope Francis delivers his speech during his weekly general audience, in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Pope lets more bishops go as part of Chile sex abuse fallout

September 21, 2018 - 7:03 am

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has accepted the resignations of two more bishops in Chile, as fallout mounts from widespread sex abuse scandals there.

The Vatican said Friday said the latest to leave their posts were the bishops of San Bartolome de Chillan and of San Felipe. It didn't cite reasons.

The Chillan diocese was one of four raided by Chilean authorities last week in investigations of clergy's sexual abuse of minors and hierarchy's alleged cover-ups.

Chile's bishops earlier this year offered to resign en masse, responding to Francis' belated efforts to clean house there.

Francis had underestimated the pervasiveness of pedophile priests and other church abuse in Chile, but later acknowledged errors in his judgment. He met on Friday at the Vatican with the archbishop of Concepcion, another of the raided dioceses.

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