L.A. Bishop Resigns After Admitting He Fathered 2 Kids


10:07 a.m. PST, January 4, 2012
LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — An assistant bishop with the archdiocese of Los Angeles has stepped down from his position in the Catholic Church after admitting he fathered two children.

Pope Benedict has accepted the resignation of 60-year-old Gabino Zavala, who was an auxiliary bishop for the San Gabriel region, the Vatican confirmed Wednesday.

Church law allows bishops to apply for early retirement before the age of 75 for medical reasons, or if they are otherwise unfit to carry out their jobs.

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