Pope accepts resignation of Paris archbishop over relationship with woman

FILE PHOTO: French Archbishop of Paris Michel Aupetit attends the annual Good Friday "Stations of the Cross" procession in the gardens of the Montmartre's Sacre Coeur Basilica in Paris, France, March 30, 2018. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

PARIS (Reuters) - Pope Francis has accepted Paris archbishop Michel Aupetit's resignation, the French Bishops' Conference said in a statement on Thursday.

Last week, Aupetit had sent a letter to the pope offering to resign following French media reports about a relationship with a woman.

The bishops' conference said Pope Francis had appointed former Marseille archbishop Georges Pontier as Apostolic Administrator of Paris.

Aupetit's departure comes as the Catholic Church in France is reeling from the publication in October of a major investigation which found that French clerics sexually abused more than 200,000 children over the past 70 years.

Eric de Moulins-Beaufort, archbishop of Reims and head of the French Bishops' Conference, said early last month that France's Catholic Church would sell real estate and, if needed, take out loans to set up a fund to compensate the victims.

(Reporting by Geert De Clercq; Editing by Peter Graff)

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 46
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
Join our Telegram channel to get our Evening Alerts and breaking news highlights

Next In World

Russian forces will leave Belarus once drills are over, Minsk says
Pacquiao challenges Philippine officials to disclose wealth
Italy's fourth vote for president seen failing, stakes rising
Apple releases personal safety guide to address tech-enabled stalking
Italy's new president will be not be elected on Thursday - former PM Renzi
New York will require employers to disclose monitoring to new hires
France looking at second suspicious blast last month at Dakar rally in Saudi - RMC radio
Close Putin ally urges diplomatic path with U.S. in Ukraine crisis
Job-seekers burn train coaches in India after alleged flaws in railway recruitment
Jordan's army says 27 drug smugglers killed at border with Syria

Others Also Read