- Dec 12, 2019
Arlington Bishop Michael F. Burbidge called on Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam Feb. 2 “to do what is best to restore the trust and confidence of the people in our leaders” after a racist photo from the governor’s 1984 medical school yearbook emerged a day earlier.
Pope Francis on Friday accepted the resignations of Bishop Cristian Contreras of San Felipe and Bishop Carlos Pellegrin of Chillan in Chile.
Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Juan Barros of Osorno, Chile, one of the central figures in Chile’s mushrooming clerical sexual abuse scandals.
Abuse victims in Chile largely have welcomed the mass resignation of their country’s bishops, but other observers see the move in more cynical terms.
Pope Francis gives Chile’s bishops a text to meditate on as part of their three-day summit on the country’s clerical sexual abuse crisis.
Updating the norms and regulations governing the resignation of bishops and of Roman Curia department heads who are not cardinals, Pope Francis said they will continue to hold office until he accepts their resignations.