giovedì 2 dicembre 2021

Paris archbishop who had ‘ambiguous’ relationship resigns

(AP) Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of the archbishop of Paris after he admitted to an “ambiguous” relationship with a woman in 2012. Archbishop Michel Aupetit said in a statement on Thursday that he offered to step down “to preserve the diocese from the division that suspicion and loss of trust are continuing to provoke.” The Vatican said in a statement that the pope accepted Aupetit’s offer and named Monsignor George Pontier to serve in the archbishop’s place. Aupetit, who had led the Paris church since 2018, sent a letter to Francis offering to resign following a report in Le Point magazine saying he had a consensual, intimate relationship with a woman. Aupetit told Le Point he didn’t have sexual relations with the woman. (...)