Father-of-two U.S. Catholic bishop quits

Montreal Gazette

Agence France-Presse January 4, 2012

VATICAN CITY – Pope Benedict XVI accepted the resignation of the Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles in the United States, Gabino Zavala, on Wednesday, after he confessed to having fathered two children.

“The Holy Father has accepted the resignation from the post of Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles Gabino Zavala,” the Vatican said in a statement, without spelling out why he quit.

The pontiff has demanded action be taken in the case of priests who are homosexual or married, calling on those concerned to hand in their resignations if they cannot abide by their vow of chastity.

“Bishop Zavala informed me in early December that he is the father of two teenage children who live with their mother in another state,” L.A. Bishop Jose Gomez said in a separate statement announcing the “sad and difficult” news.

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