L.A. bishop, former St. John’s seminary rector, resigns, admits fathering two

Ventura County Star

A Los Angeles bishop who was once rector of St. John’s seminary in Camarillo has resigned after admitting he fathered two teenage children.

Bishop Gabino Zavala, 60, resigned today under canon law that allows bishops to retire earlier than the standard age of 75 if they are sick or considered unfit for office. Roman Catholic priests take a vow of celibacy when they are ordained.

Zavala was named rector at St. John’s in 1992. He also attended the college, which prepares priests for the Catholic church.

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