Saturday 21 September 2019

Bishop resigns after Vatican probe into cash and mistress claims

Stock picture of the Vatican
Stock picture of the Vatican

A Catholic bishop has resigned following reports he had a mistress and siphoned off more than 100,000 US dollars in church funds.

Pope Francis on Wednesday accepted the resignation of Bishop Hubertus Leteng of Ruteng in Indonesia.

Denpasar bishop, Monsignor Sylvester San, will run the diocese until a permanent replacement is found.

Local media and the Ucanews agency, which covers the Catholic Church in Asia, reported that dozens of priests resigned en masse in June to protest against Bishop Leteng's administration.

The Vatican sent an investigator to look into their allegations that the bishop had a mistress and secretly borrowed 94,000 dollars from the Indonesian bishops' conference and another 30,000 dollars from the diocese without accounting for it.

According to Ucanews, the bishop said the money financed the education of a poor youth, though he declined to provide details.


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