- Jan 17, 2020
Despite being investigated for allegations of having sexually abused two seminarians, an Argentinian bishop close to the pope has once again been allowed by a judge to travel to Rome.
For some months now, the scandal surrounding Argentine Bishop Gustavo Zanchetta, a friend of Pope Francis brought by the pontiff to Rome and given a key position in the Vatican’s financial colossus just as abuse charges were exploding back home, has taken center stage in terms of Vatican news.
ORAN, Argentina – Bishop Gustavo Zanchetta, an Argentine prelate whom Pope Francis transferred to Rome after accepting his resignation due to what he acknowledged was “despotic” behavior, presented himself in court today in the diocese he once led, where he faces charges of “aggravated continuous sexual abuse.” The charges carry
Bishop Gustavo Zanchetta, a prelate from Pope Francis’s native country whom the pontiff brought to Rome and gave a Vatican job in 2017 and who’s now facing charges of sexually abusing seminarians, is expected to appear in court in the diocese he once led on Thursday.
According to Bishop Daniel Fernandez from Jujuy, in Argentina’s remote northwest, national polarization, dubbed here as a “crack,” is something that deeply worries the pope.
There’s a long tradition of clerics in disgrace in their homelands ending up in Rome, but in the Pope Francis era they sometimes wind up in jobs that almost seem a private papal satire.