The Holy Father accepted the resignation of Bishop Juan Barros, as well as Archbishop Cristián Caro Cordero and Bishop Gonzalo Duarte García de Cortázar.
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The May 15-17 gathering between the Pope and the 34 Chilean bishops, two of whom have already retired, was called for by Pope Francis last month.
In a letter to Chile’s bishops, the Pope admitted to misjudging the severity of the affair: ‘I have made serious mistakes in the judgement and perception of the situation, especially due to a lack of truthful and balanced information.’
A Chilean survivor of sexual abuse says that he wrote to the Holy Father and that the pontiff failed to act on the information.