Cristián Caro Cordero

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Cristián Caro Cordero (born 16 February 1943) is a Chilean prelate of the Catholic Church who was Archbishop of Puerto Montt from 2001 to June 2018.


He was ordained a priest by Cardinal Raúl Silva Henríquez on 23 December 1973. On 13 March 1991, Pope John Paul II named him titular bishop of Arcavica and Auxiliary Bishop of Santiago. He received his episcopal consecration from Carlos Oviedo Cavada on 14 April. John Paul appointed him Archbishop of Puerto Montt on 27 February 2001.[1]

On 18 May 2018, Caro submitted his resignation to Pope Francis, as did all the Chilean bishops at the conclusion of a three-day meeting in Rome.[2] On 11 June 2018, Pope Francis accepted his resignation as archbishop. Though Caro was not named in connection with the ongoing controversy surrounding clerical sexual abuse in Chile, Francis replaced him with an Apostolic Administrator just as he did those bishops whose resignations he accepted because of their involvement.[3][4] He was accused a few days later of having failed to handle reports of sexual abuse by a priest properly, but he said appropriate procedures had been followed.[5]

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  1. ^ "Rinunce e Nomine, 27.02.2001" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 27 February 2001. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  2. ^ Arocho Esteves, Junno (18 May 2018). "Updated: All of Chile's bishops offer resignations after meeting pope on abuse". National Catholic Reporter. Catholic News Service. Retrieved 15 April 2019.
  3. ^ "El Papa aceptó renuncias de obispos Juan Barros, Cristián Caro y Gonzalo Duarte" (in Spanish). Nunciatura Apostólica – Prensa CECh. 11 June 2018. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  4. ^ "Rinunce e Nomine, 11.06.2018" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 11 June 2018. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  5. ^ "Exarzobispo de Puerto Montt negó acusaciones de encubrimientos tras polémico reportaje". El Repuertero (in Spanish). 18 June 2018. Retrieved 17 April 2019.