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That means a total of seven bishops in the country have stepped down this year during an investigation into widespread sexual abuse in the church.

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Pope Accepts 2 More Chilean Bishops' Resignations

Pope Francis has accepted the resignations of two more Chilean bishops,  the Vatican announced  Friday.

That brings the  total number of Catholic bishops  who've stepped down in Chile to seven as the country faces an investigation into widespread sexual abuse by clergy members.  Earlier this year,  all 34 of Chile's bishops  at the time offered up their resignations during an emergency meeting with the pope.

The move followed a Vatican report alleging abuse claims weren't acted on or were covered up.

Chilean authorities are also investigating.  The South American country isn't the only part of the world dealing with sexual abuse within the church.  A Pennsylvania grand jury report released in August outlined allegations of abuse by clergy members spanning decades.  New York's attorney general  has since opened an investigation into clerical sex abuse there involving minors.  The church appears to be taking some steps to address the issue, beginning with  Pope Francis' letter to Catholics  condemning the abuse and calling for accountability.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops  announced Wednesday  it plans to set up a third-party reporting system and create policies that restrict clergy members accused of abuse.  But some say the church's response to the crisis  still isn't enough .  Catholic bishops from around the world  will meet at the Vatican  in February to discuss ways to prevent sexual misconduct.  Additional reporting from  Newsy affiliate CNN . 



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