Published: Sat, December 15, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Pope francis removes scandal-hit cardinals from his group of advisers

Pope francis removes scandal-hit cardinals from his group of advisers

The Vatican has confirmed Cardinal Pell, 77, is one of three cardinals who was not reappointed to the Council of Cardinals, known as the C9, which provides high-level global advice to the Pope.

Errázuriz has been accused of covering up abuse of minors by former priest Fernando Karadima, and at 85, submitted his resignation from the council in May.

Three members of Pope Francis' Council of Cardinals have officially ended their service as papal advisers on the reform of the Roman Curia.

The two are Cardinal George Pell of Australia and Francisco Javier Errázuriz of Chile.

The three cardinals have missed a number of the meetings, which are scheduled five times a year in Rome.

Francis also bid farewell to Congolese Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya, who hasn't been implicated in the scandal but at age 79 recently retired as archbishop of Kinshasa.

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However, the Vatican only announced the Pontiff's decision on Wednesday.

The Vatican made no mention of the accusations against Errazuriz and Pell in explaining their departures, and said for now they wouldn't be replaced. The Australian and Chilean cardinals, who were among nine princes of the Catholic Church-appointed special counselors to the pope, were implicated in the sexual abuse scandals in the Church.

Both demoted cardinals were absent from the last meeting of the group in September.

"In October, the Pope had written to three of the more elderly cardinals: Cardinal Pell from Australia, Cardinal Errazuriz from Chile and Cardinal Monsengwo of Congo thanking them for their work", Holy See press office director Greg Burke said.

"Considering the timing of the work of the council it is not planned to nominate new members at the moment".

He had taken an indefinite leave of absence from his role as head of the Vatican's Secretariat for the Economy in order to defend himself against those charges.

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