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Card. Ricardo Ezzati defends his administration over abuses before leaving diocese


On March 23, the Vatican announced that Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati will no longer be Archbishop of Santiago de Chile. 

The cardinal is 77-years-old and, as all bishops, he handed in resignation when he turned 75. It is not uncommon for popes to let years pass before they accept a resignation.

However, Ezzati is now being investigated by the justice system in Chile. This is for alleged cover-ups of abusive priests. The cardinal has claimed he is innocent and hopes to be able to defend himself soon. Until a substitute is named, the archdiocese will be managed by the Capuchin Celestino Aós. 

Ricardo Ezzati is not the only cardinal under investigation for possible cover-up of abuses committed by priests. 

At present, French Card. Philippe Barbarin, case is still open. He was found guilty, but has filed an appeal to defend his innocence.