Pope Francis is expected to meet with the bishops as a whole, however, no Masses are planned and it is unknown whether or not he has scheduled private meetings with individual prelates.
In his comments to media, Ramos said a main goal of the encounter, apart from listening to the pope, is to discern "ways – long, medium or short – to restore reconciliation and justice."
"This path of discernment, of listening, gives us great hope that these meetings with the pope will give us the strength and greatest availability to change and renew our Church," he said.
Focusing on the need to make reparations, Gonzalez said that this must happen at an ecclesial level, but "the victims come first."
Neither Ramos nor Gonzalez commented on the possibility on the culpability of certain bishops or the possibility that some would be removed from office or sanctioned, including Cardinal Javier Errazuriz – archbishop emeritus of Santiago and one of the pope's nine cardinal advisors. This decision, the prelates said, rests with the pope.
"It doesn't depend on us...each one has to discern with the pope," Gonzalez said, adding that "it's not my job to know what path another should take.
"It's possible that the Pope has more information than us, because many people go straight to the Holy See," he said, adding that the Church in Chile is doing what they can and have made significant progress in terms of education and formation compared to even the recent past.
Errazuriz was recently accused of a cover-up by three survivors of clerical sexual abuse from Chile – Juan Carlos Cruz, James Hamilton and Andres Murillo – after holding individual meetings with Pope Francis at the Vatican earlier this month.
Last week Errazuriz released a statement saying he would not be present for the meeting with Pope Francis due to "personal reasons." However, according to sources close to the situation, he landed in Rome after receiving a call from the pope himself.
When asked whether they felt they could trust the pope's judgment given his previous comments to victims and his staunch defense of Barros, Gonzalez said the pope's apology was "impressive," and shows how a leader should act.
According to Ramos, the bishops themselves, like the pope, will also ask for forgiveness. "To ask for forgiveness is a moral imperative for us," he said, voicing his hope that they will receive a forgiveness that allows for healing and reparation to take place. "This is our greatest desire."
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Going forward, Ramos said the meeting is a moment of pain and of shame for all bishops in Chile, and for the victims who endured abuse at the hands of priests. However, it can also be a moment of renewal for the Church, he said, noting that the Church isn't made up of just bishops, priests and religious.
The Church, he said, is composed of "the People of God," and while it might be a complicated time for Chile, it is also an opportunity "to evangelize" and to go forward.
Part of going forward, the bishops said, is doing an "auto-critique" of ways they can improve in terms of formation, prevention, healing and reimbursement.
Prevention, Gonzalez said, "has a lot to do with the formation of our priests," and a task of the bishops must be "to form priests from when they enter seminary until they go forward.
This training in abuse prevention is not something that was done in the past but now it is essential for seminaries, he said, explaining that he is ashamed by what has happened, "but I have a lot of hope in the future."
However, Ramos stressed that finding the right way forward is not something that can happen in one 3-day meeting with the pope, but it will take longer. Using the words of Francis himself, he said it is a "synodal process" that everyone has to work on together with the guidance of the pope.