Pope Francis accepts resignation of bishop at the centre of Chile's sex abuse scandal that has devastated Catholic Church's reputation in the country | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Pope Francis accepts resignation of bishop at the centre of Chile's sex abuse scandal that has devastated Catholic Church's reputation in the country

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of the Chilean bishop at the centre of a child sex abuse scandal that has rocked the Catholic church.

The pontiff accepted the resignation letters of three of the highest figures in the Chilean church on Monday - including the controversial Juan Barros.

All 34 of Chile's bishops had offered to resign last month, but Pope Francis announced only three would be stepping aside - Bishop Juan Barros of Osorno, Bishop Gonzalo Duarte of Valparaiso and Bishop Cristian Caro of Puerto Montt.

Barros, 61, is accused of covering up the crimes of Father Fernando Karadima who was first accused of abusing teenage boys in Chile in 1984.

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