- Jan 17, 2020
A prosecutor in Argentina is appealing a temporary travel permit for a bishop close to Pope Francis who has been formally accused of sexually abusing two seminarians.
Despite the opposition from prosecutors in Argentina and the fact that he’s been suspended from his position at the Vatican, an Argentine bishop who’s been accused by two seminarians of sexual abuse was allowed by a judge to leave the country on Friday.
Argentine Bishop Gustavo Zanchetta, one of Pope Francis’s first episcopal appointments in his home country, has been formally accused of sexually abusing seminarians and could face 3 to 10 years in prison.
Three recent storylines on the clerical abuse crisis have made it challenging to sell people that Pope Francis and his team “get it.”
When Pope Francis decided in 2017 to bring an Argentine bishop to Rome and give him a job in the Vatican, the prelate had been accused of “strange behavior” but not of criminal sexual conduct.
Pope Francis marked his sixth anniversary as pontiff in prayer Wednesday, attending a weeklong spiritual retreat with his closest advisers. Elsewhere in the world, one of his cardinals was sentenced for sex abuse and a new poll found American Catholics are increasingly questioning their faith because of the scandal.