A controversial figure from Chile's child sex abuse scandal and two other bishops have resigned, the Vatican says. Bishop Juan Barros Madrid was accused of covering up the acts of a notorious abuser; Pope Francis enraged thousands of Catholics in Chile when he appointed Juan Barros as bishop of Osorno in 2015.

The pope accepted the resignations despite his earlier attempts to defend Juan Barros. Earlier this year, he upset survivors of the abuse and their loved ones when he dismissed the allegations against Barros as "slander."

Juan Barros was a protégé of the Rev. Fernando Karadima, who in 2011 was found guilty and dismissed for abusing dozens of minors over a decades-long period beginning in the 1980s.

Karadima's victims accused Juan Barros of knowing about the abuse but saying and doing nothing about it.

The scandal and fury over the bishop cast a dark shadow over Francis' visit to Chile earlier this year: At least five churches were attacked in Santiago --some with firebombs — and a death threat was made against the pope.

In April, Francis publicly acknowledged that he had erred in handling the situation, saying he had made "serious mistakes" — and summoning Chile's 's bishops to an emergency meeting in Rome. Francis said he had misjudged Juan Barros and the events in Chile because he hadn't been given "truthful and balanced information."

The three resignations are the only listings in the Vatican's update on Monday that announces arrivals and departures among the Church's senior staff.

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