Pope accepts bishop’s resignation after affair with married parishioner

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of a British
bishop who stood down after admitting to an affair with a
married parishioner, the Vatican said on Monday.
“The Holy Father Francis has accepted the resignation of
Bishop Kieran Conry from the dioceses of Arundel and
Brighton,” a statement said.
Conry, 64, had said in a letter to his parishioners that he had
veered from the precepts of the Catholic church but
underscored that his actions “were not illegal and did not
involve minors.”
According to reports in the British press, Conry, who was
appointed by Pope John Paul II in 2001 as bishop of Arundel
and Brighton in southeast England, had an affair with a
married woman.
The affair was exposed when the estranged husband of the
woman hired a private detective to follow his wife when
their marriage broke down.
The Archbishop of Southwark Peter Smith has been named
the Apostolic Administrator of the diocese until a new
bishop takes up the office.
The head of the Catholic church in England and Wales,
Vincent Nichols, said it was a “difficult and sad moment”.

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