Controversial Chilean bishop Juan Barros has welcomed the announced recent visit of a Vatican delegation. The diocese is available for cooperation, the newspaper "La Tercera" quoted from a communication from Barros.
The lay organization of his Osorno diocese reacted cautiously. The visit could delay necessary personnel changes, a spokesman criticized.
Pope again sends special envoys
Thursday, the Vatican had said the pope would again send two special envoys in light of the Catholic Church's abuse scandal in Chile. Former Vatican chief prosecutor for sexual offenses and Maltese Archbishop Charles Scicluna and canon lawyer Jordi Bertomeu from the disciplinary department of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith are to travel to Osorno in the next few days.
The purpose of the visit was to advance the "process of reparation and healing" for the victims of abuse, explained Greg Burke, head of the press office.
Barros accused by victims
Barros' person ignited the recent debate on sexual abuse by clerics. He comes from a circle around the charismatic cleric Fernando Karadima, who was convicted by the Vatican in 2011 of sexual offenses against minors. Barros is accused by victims of having witnessed the acts but protected his spiritual mentor.
Scicluna and Bertomeu had already undertaken investigations into the handling of abuse cases in Chile on behalf of the Pope in February. Your 2.300-page report led to the summoning of all Chilean bishops to the Vatican. After the three-day meeting in mid-May, 29 of 31 bishops offered their resignations.