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Disgraced Argentine bishop retires June 26, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, awesomeness, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, Papa, scandals.

I posted on the Argentine bishop, Fernando Maria Bargallo, caught cavorting on a beach in Mexico with a woman, last week. He has now resigned, or been told to resign, in spite of his explanations first denying the pictures were of him, and then claiming the female companion was a long lost childhood acquaintance.  Even if that is the case (which is unlikely, given the evidence)………what example does it set for a bishop to take a luxurious Mexican vacation, and then be found spending time with a woman very immodestly dressed while the bishop himself is very immodestly dressed?

The pope has accepted the resignation of an Argentine bishop photographed frolicking on a Mexican beach with a woman, one of several personnel changes announced Tuesday by the Vatican before the pontiff heads off for summer vacation.

Monsignor Fernando Maria Bargallo, bishop of Merlo-Moreno outside Buenos Aires, initially denied having had any improper relationship with the woman, whom he described as a childhood friend. But the 57-year-old Bargallo later decided to step down under the church rule that lets bishops retire before age 75 if they’re found to be unfit for office.

Photographs of the encounter were broadcast on television last week and have been circulating on the Internet.

More interesting news:  it looks like Cardinal Levada will be staying at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith for now, which could have dark implications for SSPX.  On another SSPX related note, however, Archbishop Augustine Di Noia has been named vice president of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei.  Di Noia is a close associate of Pope Benedict XVI and perhaps could better represent his views in doctrinal talks with SSPX than has been done by Cardinal Levada, whom many feel has obstructed regularization to at least some degree.

Too bad for me, I don’t get to write Raymond Cardinal Burke, new Prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

Dang it.


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