Vatican dismisses Argentine bishop accused of sexual abuse

Zanchetta was appointed by Pope Francis for the post of advisor to the Administration of the Patrimony

Zanchetta was appointed by Pope Francis for the post of advisor to the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See

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Vatican confirmed on Friday (4) that Argentine bishop Gustavo Zanchetta is under investigation after being accused of sexual abuse by other priests.

"Mons. Zanchetta was not removed from the archdiocese of Oran. The reason for his dismissal was linked to difficulties in managing the relationship with the diocesan clergy and the very tense relations with the priests of the diocese. At the time of his resignation, there were allegations of authoritarianism, but there was no accusation of sexual abuse," the spokesman for the Holy See Press Office, Alessandro Gisotti said, according to the Associated Press.

Following this resignation, Zanchetta, who resigned from the Orán diocese in Argentina on 2017, claiming health reasons, spent some months in Spain until he was appointed by Pope Francis to the position of advisor to the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See, the organ that handles the patrimony and the finances of the Vatican, in December, 2017.

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