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Paraguayan bishops blast colleague, deny cover-up

April 24, 2009

The executive committee of the Paraguayan bishops’ conference has strongly criticized recent statements by fellow Bishop Rogelio Ricardo Livieres Plano of Ciudad del Este, a priest of Opus Dei since 1978 and bishop since 2004. “The executive committees laments and rejects the statements by Bishop Rogelio Livieres Plano which imply that there was a cover-up and complicity on the part of the bishops of Paraguay regarding the moral conduct of the then-member of the episcopal college, Bishop Fernando Lugo,” the bishops said in a statement

Bishop Livieres had said that the hierarchy has known "for years" about the infidelities of then-Bishop Fernando Armindo Lugo Méndez, now the nation’s president. “The Church hierarchy knew for years of this misconduct by Lugo, but kept silent … The Church failed when it did not speak more clearly. It's a cover-up of sorts.”

On April 22, a third woman claimed that the ex-bishop had fathered her child.

 


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