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Chilean Cardinal Errázuriz Completes His 5-Year C9 Mandate

85-year-old Cardinal Represented South America on the Council of Cardinals

According to Chilean radio Cooperativa, the 85-year-old archbishop emeritus of Santiago, Chile, said it was not a “resignation,” but that his five-year term ended.

Cardinal Errázuriz, who represented South America in the C9, recalled that the Pope had called him to this mission in 2013, when he was 80 years old: he had therefore passed the canonical age for an episcopal office (75) and for participation in a conclave (80); this, he suggested, marks one obvious reason for his mandate to not be renewed.

The Chilean cardinal was criticized for his role as a papal advisor with regard to the crisis in Chile, especially when Bishop Juan Barros Madrid, named Bishop of Osorno in 2015, was accused by laymen of his diocese of having covered up abuse of his mentor, Fernando Karadima – convicted in 2011, and removed from the clerical state in 2018.

After initially defending the bishop, the Pope acknowledged “serious mistakes in the assessment and perception of the situation, in particular because of a lack of true and balanced information.”

All the bishops of Chile summoned to the Vatican, had resigned. The Pope accepted several resignations, including that of Bishop Barros. Francis called for resolutions “in the short, medium and long term,” to remedy the system that allowed the covering up of abuse.

About Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is a Senior Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in four languages). She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, at times from the papal flight, and has done television and radio commentary, including for Vatican Radio and BBC. She is a contributor to National Catholic Register, UK Catholic Herald, Our Sunday Visitor, Inside the Vatican, and other Catholic news outlets. She has also collaborated with the Vatican in various projects, including an internship at the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, and is a collaborator with NBC Universal, NBC News, Euronews, and EWTN. For 'The Other Francis': http://www.gracewing.co.uk/page219.html or https://www.amazon.com/Other-Francis-Everything-They-about/dp/0852449348/

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