- Sep 19, 2020
A lawyer for Argentine Bishop Gustavo Zanchetta, appointed by Pope Francis to a Vatican post amid charges of sexual misconduct and financial mismanagement, told Crux that the Church process against Zanchetta is “almost over” and that he’s confident the bishop’s name will be “cleared.”
As the Vatican resumed its activities after the two-month COVID-19 coronavirus lockdown, Crux has confirmed an Argentinian bishop suspended over allegations of sexual misconduct with seminarians quietly went back to work.
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.”