Pope Francis has removed the Reverend Cristian Precht Bañados of Chile from service, according to a statement from the Archdiocese of Santiago.
This is the first formal dismissal the Pope has ordered since all bishops in Chile offered to step down in May over the country's sex abuse scandal, according to a CNN news report.
Precht had been suspended in 2012 within the ministry for five years after the Archbishop of Santiago ordered a criminal probe into accusations of sexual abuse against him.
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Precht has not been charged with any crimes by Chilean authorities, but was not allowed to leave the country's capital, Santiago, because the church's investigation was on.
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