Argentine bishop resigns after compromising photos broadcast
Catholic World News - June 26, 2012
The Vatican has announced the resignation of an Argentine bishop who was caught in compromising photos with an attractive young woman.
Bishop Fernando Maria Bargallo of Merlo-Moreno resigned at the age of 57, a week after an Argentine television broadcast had shown him arm-in-arm with a woman while vacationing at a Mexican beach. The bishop has claimed that the woman was a “childhood friend,” but acknowledged that the photos allowed for “misinterpretations.”
A brief Vatican announcement said that Bishop Bargallo had resigned “in accordance with canon 401(2) of the Code of Canon Law. That canon allows for the early resignation of a bishop who becomes unsuited for office because of illness “or other grave reason.”
Pope Benedict XVI appointed Bishop Alcides Jorge Pedro Casaretto, the retired head of the San Isidro diocese, to serve as apostolic administrator of Merlo-Moreno until a new bishop is appointed.
Bishop Bargallo had also been serving as president of the Caritas charitable network in Latin America.
An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:
Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!
Progress toward our September expenses ($14,732 to go):
All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!