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Chilean bishop quits over child abuse charges

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Chilean bishop quitsMarco Antonio Ordenes Fernandez, who was investigated on allegations of child abuse, has resigned as bishop of the Iquique, Chile, diocese, the Vatican said.

Ordenes, 47, was the youngest bishop to be ordained in Chile and the first Chilean bishop to be investigated by the Vatican, The Santiago Times reported. Pope Benedict XVI accepted his resignation Tuesday, the Vatican office in Chile announced.

An investigation began four months into charges brought by Rodrigo Pino in 2008 that Ordenes had abused him when he was a child.


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