Victims in Chile abuse scandal hail resignations

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VATICAN CITY: Victims of Chile’s most notorious predator priest are reacting with praise and hope after every Chilean bishop offered to resign over a sex abuse and cover-up scandal.

Jose Andres Murillo, who earlier this month spent hours discussing the scandal with Pope Francis at the Vatican earlier this month, called the bishops “delinquents” who deserve to go.

“For dignity, justice and truth, the bishops should leave” he tweeted. “They didn’t know how to protect the weakest, the exposed them to abuse and then impeded justice. For this, they only deserve to go.”

And in a tweet, Juan Carlos Cruz, the main whistleblower in the scandal, said the mass resignation was “unprecedented and good” and that this “will change things forever.”

The bishops announced the mass resignations Friday after an emergency summit meeting with Pope Francis.