Santiago, Chile, Jan 2, 2019 / 16:03 pm
At the Vatican summit to discuss sex abuse next month, the secretary general of the Chilean Bishops Conference will take the place of the conference president, who is embroiled in the nation's current sex abuse crisis.
Bishop Fernando Ramos, apostolic administrator of Rancagua and secretary general of the conference, will represent the Chilean bishops at the meeting requested by Pope Francis, which will include the heads of bishops' conferences from around the world.
The anti-abuse summit will be held at the Vatican Feb. 21-24. While the presidents of the national bishops' conferences have been invited, Bishop Santiago Silva will not attend.
Silva, who serves as president of the Chilean Bishops' Conference, has been subpoenaed on charges of covering up abuse within the Military Diocese, which he has headed since July 2015.