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Pope accepts resignation of LA bishop accused of misconduct

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of an auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles, Monsignor Alexander Salazar, following allegations of misconduct with a minor in the 1990s

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Published on: December 19, 2018 17:15 IST
Pope accepts resignation of LA bishop accused of misconduct
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VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Los Angeles auxiliary bishop Monsignor Alexander Salazar, following allegations of misconduct with a minor in the 1990s.

The Vatican announced the resignation in a statement Wednesday. It was the latest in a string of cases of alleged misconduct against bishops to come to light this year, following the scandal of ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick.

The current archbishop of Los Angeles, Most Rev. Jose Gomez, said the archdiocese was made aware of the claim in 2005, which law enforcement had declined to prosecute, but that the archdiocese forwarded the complaint to the Vatican office that handles sex abuse cases.

Gomez said that office, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, imposed precautionary measures against Salazar and a further investigation found the allegation credible.

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