- May 7, 2021
Chile’s association for interreligious dialogue on Monday published a statement calling for the violence to cease.
Chilean Bishop Celestino Aos Braco says comments from Pope Francis last year about a “culture of cover-up” among the Chilean bishops led to impressions that all prelates in the country were equally guilty, an image he called “painful” and “unfair.”
Bishop Celestino Aos Bracco may have few of the benefits of the post as leader of the Archdiocese of Santiago in Chile, but he certainly has its headaches.
In Venezuela and Nicaragua, the Catholic Church is reacting to external crises, while in Chile it’s gripped by a mess that’s largely internal.
Bishop Celestino Aos, the temporary head of the embattled Archdiocese of Santiago, Chile, has a tough job, and he may have made it even tougher.
Father Eugenio de la Fuente said on Twitter that the presence of the resigned bishops at Holy Week events “hurts, disappoints [and] wounds.”
“Signing decrees is not enough,” said Bishop Celestino Aos of Santiago, Chile, which faces a mammoth clerical abuse crisis. “If it was, I’d be signing them already. We need to change hearts.”
Lots of church news continues to bubble in Latin America, much of it related to Francis — showing it’s easier to take the pope out of Latin America than the Latin America out of the pope.