Vatican ‘knew paedophile Argentine bishop who Pope Francis treated as his ‘spiritual son’ had taken naked selfies and performed sex acts in public’

Monday, January 21, 2019
By Paul Martin

Argentinian bishop allegedly took nude selfies and performed sex acts in public
The Vatican received information in 2015 and 2017 about Gustavo Zanchetta
Received complaints about bishops poor behaviour and abuse of his power
Pope Francis accepted Bishop Gustavo Zanchetta’s resignation in August 2017
Zanchetta thought to be a ‘spiritual son’ of Pope Francis, say former colleagues

By ROD ARDEHALI
DAILYMAIL.COM
20 January 2019

The actions of an Argentinian bishop who allegedly sexually abused his Catholic students, took naked selfies and performed sex acts in public was known to the Vatican, it has emerged.

Pope Francis accepted Bishop Gustavo Zanchetta’s resignation in August 2017, after priests in a remote northern Argentine diocese complained about his behaviour.

Other colleagues also reported allegations of abuses of power and sexual harassment of adult seminarians, said former vicar of the same parish Juan Jose Manzano.

The new reports undermine Vatican claims that allegations of sexual abuse were only made a few months ago.

The scandal over Zanchetta, 54, is the latest in a series of cases that cast Francis and the Catholic hierarchy in a bad light over their handling of sexual abuses within the church.

Francis has summoned church leaders to a summit next month to chart the course forward for the universal church, but his own actions in individual cases are increasingly in the spotlight.

The pope’s decision to allow Zanchetta to resign quietly, and then promote him to the No. 2 position in one of the Vatican’s most sensitive offices, has raised questions again about whether Francis turned a blind eye to misconduct of his allies and dismissed allegations against them as ideological attacks.

Manzano, Oran’s vicar general under Zanchetta who is now a parish priest, said he was one of the diocesan officials who raised the alarm about his boss in 2015 and sent the digital selfies to the Vatican.

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