SANTIAGO (Reuters) – Chile’s Roman Catholic Church known as on Thursday for a “drastic answer” that might embrace resignations, a day after Pope Francis acknowledged “grave errors” in dealing with a sexual abuse disaster and summoned its leaders to Rome.
At a gathering of Church management on Chile’s central coast, Santiago Silva, the president of the Episcopal Convention, mentioned change was inevitable.
“It’s potential that the pope will ask some (bishops) to go away their diocese … there should be a drastic answer, robust and decisive, that’s for sure,” Silva informed native radio station Cooperativa.
In a unprecedented step, Pope Francis mentioned in a letter on Wednesday that he had made errors in his evaluation of the disaster. In January, he had dismissed as “slander” accusations that Chilean bishop Juan Barros had lined up sexual abuse of minors by his mentor Father Fernando Karadima.
Barros informed Chilean media on the assembly of Church management that “the pope at all times seeks the very best for everybody.” Barros was appointed bishop of Osorno, in southern Chile, by Pope Francis in 2015.
Osorno parishioners mentioned on Wednesday that particular measures, together with the resignation of Barros, had been wanted to revive confidence within the Church.
The pope’s letter adopted a go to to Chile by one of many Vatican’s most skilled sexual abuse investigators, Archbishop Charles Scicluna.
Scicluna’s 2,300-page report prompted Francis to summon Chile’s bishops to Rome for a gathering. He didn’t say when it could happen.
“We’ll meet with the pope and we are going to suggest to him a plan of renovation for the Church,” Silva mentioned on Thursday.
Reporting by Antonio de la Jara, writing by Dave Sherwood, Enhancing by Rosalba O’Brien