The Catholic Church’s sex abuse scandal took a historic turn in Chile.
In what reportedly is a first, 34 Chilean bishops all offered their resignations on Friday, May 18.
The move came after Pope Francis chided the men over their “grave negligence” in protecting children from pedophile priests.
The Associated Press reported that one victim said the Chilean bishops didn’t “know how to protect the weakest, exposed them to abuse and then impeded justice.”
In a 10-page report the pope handed each bishop, he accused them of destroying evidence of sex crimes.
Francis also noted the men pressured church investigators to minimize abuse accusations.
In a statement, the bishops asked to be forgiven.
They also said the findings of a 2,300-page Vatican report about the scandal were “deplorable” and showed “unacceptable abuse of power.”