Also: New details emerge in ‘sexual slavery’ of nuns
| Argentina, National Post – The Vatican is proceeding with an investigation into an Argentine bishop close to Pope Francis who has been accused of improper behavior with seminarians and sexual abuse.
In a statement posted to its Facebook page, the Argentine Diocese of Oran said Feb. 5 that the Vatican’s Congregation for Bishops had authorized the next phase of the investigation regarding accusations against Bishop Gustavo Zanchetta.
The development is significant because it signals that a preliminary investigation conducted was deemed credible enough to warrant further investigation.
The Associated Press reported last month that the Vatican received indications of inappropriate behavior by Zanchetta in 2015 and again in 2017, with reports from his former vicars and the seminary rector.
Zanchetta resigned abruptly on Aug. 1, 2017, but by December had been named to the No. 2 position in the Vatican’s financial management office, APSA.
The Vatican has insisted that there were no accusations of sexual abuse against Zanchetta when he was promoted to the job …
Zanchetta’s former deputy, the Rev. Juan Jose Manzano, had previously told the AP that he had sent the Vatican information in 2015 and 2017 of alleged inappropriate sexual behavior by Zanchetta that included taking naked selfies and reports that he engaged in harassment and misconduct with adult seminarians. Read more.
Francis On Bishops And Priests Who Have Sex With Nuns:
“I believe that it may still be being done.”
| Previous investigation of ‘sexual slavery of women’ thwarted by Vatican insiders, says Francis
Philadelphia Tribune – Pope Francis has acknowledged the sexual abuse of nuns by priests and bishops “is a problem we’ve been working on for some time.”
The Pope’s comments come as the Catholic Church is dealing with sexual abuse scandals on several continents. PREVIOUSLY: Nuns Who Have Abortions: The Pope Speaks Out
“There have been priests and also bishops who have done that,” the Pope said of sexually abusing nuns. “And I believe that it may still be being done … We’ve been working on this for a long time.”
Francis mentioned the case of one order of nuns in particular, in France, in which his predecessor, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI had tried to take action but was thwarted by Vatican insiders.
“Pope Benedict had the courage to dissolve a women’s congregation that had a certain level because this slavery of women had entered, even sexual slavery, by clerics or by the founder,” the Pope said. Read more.