The abrupt resignation of Bishop Kizito Bahujimihigo of Kibungo, Rwanda, was prompted by "serious financial problems," according to an unidentified Vatican official cited in an AP story. Bishop Bahujimihigo-- who is only 55 years old, and apparently healthy-- acknowledged that he had resigned, but said: "For the details behind my decision, it is still early."
So we're left to speculate. What kind of "serious financial problems" would call for a bishop's resignation?
If a bishop takes his diocese into bankruptcy, is that enough to prompt his resignation? No. If he pays out $660 million-- roughly the annual budget of the Rwanda's national government-- to settle lawsuits brought by sex-abuse victims, is that enough? Nope. If he pays $100,000 to end a sex-harassment case brought by his own former employee, does that do the trick? No again.
Those, you see, don’t qualify as "serious financial problems." And I bet you're just dying to know what does. So am I.
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