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Peruvian bishop removed after sex-abuse charges

September 23, 2013

A Peruvian bishop was removed from office by Pope Francis because of sex-abuse charges, the former head of the nation’s episcopal conference has disclosed.

Bishop Gabino Miranda, an auxiliary of the Ayachucho archdiocese, resigned in May at the age of 53. Bishop Luis Bambaren, the retired Bishop of Chimbote who is also a former president of the Peruvian bishops’ conference, has told a radio audience that Bishop Miranda was removed because of misconduct.

“It is what the Pope said: zero tolerance,” said Bishop Bambaren. Bishop Miranda has denied that he is guilty of sexual abuse. Peruvian prosecutors are investigating the complaints.


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