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Vatican replaces bishop accused of protecting priest involved in sexual crime

By Marion Ali, Staff Reporter

Monsignor Rogelio Livieres Plano”, has been replaced as
bishop of Ciudad del Este.

Pope Francis got rid of the Paraguayan bishop who has been accused of protecting a priest suspected of sexually abusing young parishioners.

This is the second time in a week that Pope Francis has taken disciplinary action over clerical sex abuse scandals in Latin America.

Prior to this the Pope ordered the arrest of a senior Vatican diplomat, Jozef Wesolowski, accused of the sexual abuse of children during a posting to the Dominican Republic.

The Vatican statement only referred to the reasons behind the sacking of the Right Reverend Livieres Plano as a “painful decision taken for serious pastoral reasons”.

It also said that the move followed a Vatican investigation of the bishop, the diocese and its seminaries.

Church prosecutors have dealt with some 3,500 abuse cases worldwide during the past decade.

Pope Francis has pledged a crackdown on clerics and employees of the Church who exploit minors, comparing their actions to a “satanic mass”.

(Source: BBC World)

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