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Pope Benedict has removed many unsuitable bishops, nuncio reveals

Catholic World News - February 25, 2013

A Vatican diplomat has given Pope Benedict XVI credit for a “cleansing of the episcopate,” saying that the Pope has removed many bishops from office during the course of his pontificate.

Speaking in Madrid, Spain, Archbishop Miguel Maury Buendia said that the Pope has confronted bishops who have proved incompetent or unworthy, and asked them to resign. The Spanish archbishop--who is the apostolic nuncio to Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tadjikstan—said that most of the bishops acknowledged their failings and agreed to resign. “There have been two or three instances in which they said no, and so the Pope simply removed them,” he said.

“This Pope has removed two or three bishops per month throughout the world because either the accounts in their dioceses were a mess or their discipline was a disaster,” Archbishop Maury disclosed.

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  • Posted by: impossible - Feb. 26, 2013 6:51 PM ET USA

    Re: Bishop Martino. He was/is one of the good guys. Didn't he resign for health reasons? I think the target on his back became too heavy to carry around.

  • Posted by: wvcatholic - Feb. 26, 2013 1:50 PM ET USA

    Bishop Martino of Scranton is the one obvious name.

  • Posted by: impossible - Feb. 25, 2013 11:52 PM ET USA

    What bishops has he removed in the United States? Anyone know?

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