Gabino’s fall

Catholic News Agency

By Christopher Stefanick *

Something can be learned from every scandal. I lived and worked in the San Gabriel region of the Los Angeles Archdiocese for almost five years. Gabino Zavala was the bishop assigned to our region.

About a month ago, Bishop Zavala informed Los Angeles Archbishop José Gomez that he had been living a double life and had fathered two children with the same woman.

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles has agreed to preserve the family’s anonymity out of respect for their privacy and has offered financial help with the children’s college education. The Vatican accepted Bishop Zavala’s resignation on Jan. 4.

The news made me sick, sad and angry all at the same time. Scandal upon scandal has made it an exhausting 10 years for U.S. Catholics.

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