A Chilean diocese is in an uproar over a bishop who defended an abuser / Cruxnow.com

A decision by Pope Francis to assign a bishop in Chile linked to one of the country’s most notorious clerical sex abusers as the new leader of a local diocese has locals gathering signatures to try to block the appointment.

“Bishop Juan de la Cruz Barros Madrid, previously Chile’s military chaplain, was appointed in mid-January as the new bishop of the small Osorno diocese and is scheduled to be installed on March 21 …

“Since the Vatican announced the transfer of Barros to Osorno, laity in the diocese, as well as clergy and even local politicians, have written to the papal envoy in Chile to void the transfer. More than 1,000 signatures were sent to Rome, but to date there’s been no signal the move is under reconsideration.”

By Ines San Martin, Cruxnow.com — Click here to read the rest of this story. And in Utah, “Bill removing statute of limitations in child sexual abuse cases passes legislature.”

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