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Pope Francis accepts resignation of Chilean auxiliary bishop

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    In this March 28 photo, Bishop Carlos Eugenio Irarrázabal, center, sits on the altar during Mass with acting archbishop of Santiago, Monsignor Celestino Aos, left, at El Bosque Parish in Santiago, Chile. The priest at right is unidentified. Pope Francis accepted Irarrázabal’s resignation just 24 days after he appointed him to the post of auxiliary bishop of the Chilean capital, church officials said today.

SANTIAGO, Chile >> Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of the auxiliary bishop of the Chilean capital city just 24 days after he appointed him to the post, church officials said today.

Bishop Carlos Eugenio Irarrázabal had become embroiled in controversy after he recently said there were no women at the Last Supper of Jesus and his disciples so “we have to respect that.” He also said that perhaps women “like to be in the back room.”

The Santiago Archdiocese said in a statement that the pope’s decision came after talking with Irarrázabal, who joins the more than 30 Chilean bishops who presented their resignations in 2018 after a report ordered by Francis revealed a culture of abuse and cover-ups for decades in Chile’s church.

In a statement issued by the archdiocese later today, Irarrázabal said he wanted to “reiterate my apologies to those have been affected by my comments.”

He will remain in charge of a parish in Santiago where in 2011 he replaced Fernando Karadima, Chile’s most infamous pedophile priest.

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