September 21, 2018 / 10:19 AM / 8 months ago

Pope accepts resignation of two more Chilean bishops following abuse scandal

Pope Francis arrives to lead the Wednesday general audience in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican, September 19, 2018. REUTERS/Max Rossi/File Photo

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of two more Chilean bishops, bringing to seven the number who have stepped down since a sexual abuse scandal swept the nation’s Roman Catholic Church.

A Vatican statement on Friday said the two were Bishop Carlos Eduardo Pellegrín Barrera of the diocese of San Bartolomé de Chillán, and Bishop Cristián Enrique Contreras Molina of the diocese of San Felipe.

In both cases, Francis appointed other bishops as commissioners, known as Apostolic Administrators, to run the dioceses until further notice.

Francis accepted the resignations of five other bishops in June, a month after all of the country’s bishops offered to step down en masse during an emergency meeting with the pope over allegations of a cover-up of sexual abuse in the Latin American country.

Reporting By Philip Pullella; editing by Crispian Balmer

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