Pope accepts resignation of Brazilian bishop accused of hiding sexual abuse casesDevdiscourse News Desk | Vaticancity | Updated: 17-05-2019 22:15 IST | Created: 17-05-2019 18:14 IST
Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Brazilian bishop Vilson Dias de Oliveira, the Vatican said Friday in a statement. The bishop is under investigation for alleged extortion of priests in his diocese, and the covering-up of sexual abuse cases, according to Brazilian media reports.
Dias de Oliveira allegedly protected a priest accused of clerical abuse. The bishop confessed to police in April that he had swiped USD 4,000 (3,580 euros) from parish funds for personal use, telling them he did so because he was having financial difficulties, the reports said.
The Vatican always announces when Francis has accepted the resignation of a bishop but never explains why. The Catholic Church has been rocked by a global clerical paedophilia scandal, with victims coming forward in countries ranging from Australia to Chile, Germany and the US.