- Dec 14, 2019
An Argentine bishop close to Pope Francis appeared voluntarily for a court hearing Wednesday ahead of a trial on charges of sexual abuse of two former seminarians in one of several cases that have shaken the Church in the pontiff’s homeland.
Pope Francis’s homeland faces a complicated week of reckoning with the sex abuse scandal that has plagued the Catholic Church.
An Argentine bishop close to Pope Francis said Saturday he’ll return voluntarily to Argentina to respond to prosecutors’ accusations of sex abuse.
“There has been no change in conduct in Monsignor Zanchetta since the moment the judge quoted the aforementioned collaborative attitude of the accused” a lawyer for Bishop Gustavo Zancehtta said. “The request [of international help for his capture] is therefore not understandable.”
An Argentine prosecutor has requested international assistance in the arrest of Bishop Gustavo Zanchettta, the currently suspended “assessor” at the Vatican’s de-facto central bank.
A diocese in northern Argentina was raided on Thursday as part of a fraud investigation into the rule of Bishop Gustavo Zanchetta, a man close to Pope Francis who also faces charges of sexually abusing seminarians.