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All Chilean bishops quit over child abuse scandal: spokesman

AFP  |  Vatican City 

Thirty-four Chilean bishops announced their resignation today over a child sex abuse scandal within the Church in after three days of intense meetings with at the Vatican.

"We, all the bishops present in Rome, have tendered our resignation to the Holy Father so that he may decide freely for each of us," the bishops said in a statement read out by a at the Vatican.

"We want to ask forgiveness for the pain caused to the victims, to the Pope, to God's people and to our country for the serious errors and omissions we have committed," the statement continued.

The striking announcement comes after summoned the bishops to the Vatican over the scandal that has come to haunt his papacy.

Several members of the Chilean church hierarchy are accused by victims of ignoring and covering up child abuse by Chilean during the 1980s and 1990s.

"We thank the victims for their perseverance and courage, despite the enormous personal, spiritual, social and family difficulties they had to face, to which were often added the incomprehension and attacks of the Church community," today's statement said.

Last evening, promised "changes" to the Chilean church to "restore justice" following the private meetings with the delegation.

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First Published: Fri, May 18 2018. 18:25 IST
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