Pope accuses Chile bishops of destroying sex abuse evidence

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VATICAN CITY, May 18 : On Friday, the call mounted for Chile’s bishops to resign after Pope Francis accused them of destroying evidence of sex crimes, pressuring investigators to minimize abuse accusations and showing “grave negligence” in protecting children from pedophile priests.
In one of the most damning documents from the Vatican in the decades-long, global sex abuse saga, Francis said the entire Chilean church hierarchy was collectively responsible for “grave defects” in handling cases and the resulting loss of credibility that the Catholic Church has suffered.
The 10-page document, reported by Chile’s T13 television and confirmed as accurate Friday by the Vatican, puts mounting pressure on the bishops as a whole to resign given Francis told them that “no one can exempt himself and place the problem on the shoulders of the others.” (AP)