April 25, 2011

Chile's bishops publicly asked forgiveness for clergy sexual abuse and pledged to handle such cases differently in the future.

In a statement issued April 8, the Chilean bishops' conference said it had not "always reacted quickly and efficiently to accusations" of sexual abuse.

"We express our closeness and solidarity with the victims of these abuses and their families and make their suffering ours," the bishops wrote.

"We humbly offer them our request for forgiveness, the support we can provide and our prayers."