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Pope's sex abuse commission members alarmed, incredulous over bishop appointment in Chile

  • FILE - In this May 3, 2014 file photo, Cardinal Sean O'Malley, the archbishop of Boston, right, and Marie Collins attend a press conference at the Vatican. Several members of Pope Francis' sex abuse advisory board are expressing concern and incredulity over his decision to appoint the Chilean bishop to a diocese despite allegations that he covered up for Chile's most notorious pedophile. In interviews and emails with The Associated Press, the experts have questioned Francis' pledge to hold bishops accountable and keep children safe, given the record of Bishop Juan Barros in the case of the Rev. Fernando Karadima. The five commission members spoke to the AP in their personal and professional capacity and stressed that they were not speaking on behalf of the commission, which Francis formed in late 2013 and named Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley to head. Commission member, Marie Collins, herself a survivor of abuse, said she couldn't understand how Francis could have appointed Barros given the concerns about his behavior. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)

    FILE - In this May 3, 2014 file photo, Cardinal Sean O'Malley, the archbishop of Boston, right, and Marie Collins attend a press conference at the Vatican. Several members of Pope Francis' sex abuse advisory board are expressing concern and incredulity over his decision to appoint the Chilean bishop to a diocese despite allegations that he covered up for Chile's most notorious pedophile. In interviews and emails with The Associated Press, the experts have questioned Francis' pledge to hold bishops accountable and keep children safe, given the record of Bishop Juan Barros in the case of the Rev. Fernando Karadima. The five commission members spoke to the AP in their personal and professional capacity and stressed that they were not speaking on behalf of the commission, which Francis formed in late 2013 and named Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley to head. Commission member, Marie Collins, herself a survivor of abuse, said she couldn't understand how Francis could have appointed Barros given the concerns about his behavior. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE -- In this  March 21, 2015 file photo, Rev. Juan Barros, center, leaves after his ordination ceremony as bishop in Osorno, southern Chile. Several members of Pope Francis' sex abuse advisory board are expressing concern and incredulity over his decision to appoint the Chilean bishop to a diocese despite allegations that he covered up for Chile's most notorious pedophile. In interviews and emails with The Associated Press, the experts have questioned Francis' pledge to hold bishops accountable and keep children safe, given the record of Bishop Juan Barros in the case of the Rev. Fernando Karadima. The five commission members spoke to the AP in their personal and professional capacity and stressed that they were not speaking on behalf of the commission, which Francis formed in late 2013 and named Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley to head. (AP Photo/Mario Mendoza Cabrera) CHILE OUT - NO USAR EN CHILE

    FILE -- In this March 21, 2015 file photo, Rev. Juan Barros, center, leaves after his ordination ceremony as bishop in Osorno, southern Chile. Several members of Pope Francis' sex abuse advisory board are expressing concern and incredulity over his decision to appoint the Chilean bishop to a diocese despite allegations that he covered up for Chile's most notorious pedophile. In interviews and emails with The Associated Press, the experts have questioned Francis' pledge to hold bishops accountable and keep children safe, given the record of Bishop Juan Barros in the case of the Rev. Fernando Karadima. The five commission members spoke to the AP in their personal and professional capacity and stressed that they were not speaking on behalf of the commission, which Francis formed in late 2013 and named Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley to head. (AP Photo/Mario Mendoza Cabrera) CHILE OUT - NO USAR EN CHILE  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE -- In this  March 21, 2015 file photo, Rev. Juan Barros, center, stands as he attends his ordination ceremony as bishop in Osorno, southern Chile. Several members of Pope Francis' sex abuse advisory board are expressing concern and incredulity over his decision to appoint the Chilean bishop to a diocese despite allegations that he covered up for Chile's most notorious pedophile. In interviews and emails with The Associated Press, the experts have questioned Francis' pledge to hold bishops accountable and keep children safe, given the record of Bishop Juan Barros in the case of the Rev. Fernando Karadima. The five commission members spoke to the AP in their personal and professional capacity and stressed that they were not speaking on behalf of the commission, which Francis formed in late 2013 and named Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley to head. (AP Photo/Mario Mendoza Cabrera) CHILE OUT - NO USAR EN CHILE

    FILE -- In this March 21, 2015 file photo, Rev. Juan Barros, center, stands as he attends his ordination ceremony as bishop in Osorno, southern Chile. Several members of Pope Francis' sex abuse advisory board are expressing concern and incredulity over his decision to appoint the Chilean bishop to a diocese despite allegations that he covered up for Chile's most notorious pedophile. In interviews and emails with The Associated Press, the experts have questioned Francis' pledge to hold bishops accountable and keep children safe, given the record of Bishop Juan Barros in the case of the Rev. Fernando Karadima. The five commission members spoke to the AP in their personal and professional capacity and stressed that they were not speaking on behalf of the commission, which Francis formed in late 2013 and named Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley to head. (AP Photo/Mario Mendoza Cabrera) CHILE OUT - NO USAR EN CHILE  (The Associated Press)

Several members of Pope Francis' sex abuse advisory board are expressing concern and incredulity over his decision to appoint a Chilean bishop to a diocese despite allegations that he covered up for Chile's most notorious pedophile.

In interviews and emails with The Associated Press, the experts have questioned Francis' pledge to hold bishops accountable and keep children safe, given the record of Bishop Juan Barros in the case of the Rev. Fernando Karadima.

The five members spoke to the AP in their personal and professional capacity and stressed that they were not speaking on behalf of the commission, which Francis formed in late 2013 and named Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley to head.

"I am very worried," said commission member Dr. Catherine Bonnet, a French child psychiatrist.