Strike #4 (at least)

The pope accepted the resignation of a Brazilian bishop days after a Zoom call video featuring the bishop masturbating hit social media. https://apnews.com/article/religion-caribbean-brazil-sexual-abuse-by-clergy-d97745f2f130bdf77159621e1da9c744. I guess this type of offense moves up the timetable for resignation. Compared to, say, allegations in 2018 that this man ignored reports of abuse, and had exchanged sexual messages with an adolescent.  With allegations like that, an “investigation” could be strung along until this man reached the regular bishop retirement age of 75.

Many in his diocese have petitioned for his dismissal since 2014. In Catholic church years, he sped up the process with his Zoom show. https://nypost.com/2021/08/18/brazilian-bishop-resigns-after-video-exposing-himself-goes-viral/.



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