Argentine Bishop who Works at The Vatican and Mysteriously Resigned in 2017 has been Accused of Abuse

For immediate release, January 4, 2019

An Argentine bishop who was allowed to resign from his post in 2017 for “health reasons” and has since been working at the Vatican has recently been accused of sexual abuse.

The allegations against Bishop Gustavo Zanchetta are serious and should be investigated immediately by Argentinian police. And in a similar move, Pope Francis should immediately remove Bishop Zanchetta from his position as an assessor in the Vatican’s office of financial administration.

Sadly, the Vatican has often played host to prelates who have been accused of committing or concealing sex crimes. The most egregious example is that of Cardinal Bernard Law, formerly of Boston, who resigned in disgrace in 2002 for his role in covering up abuse yet was allowed to live out the remainder of his days behind the Vatican’s protective walls. If Cardinal Law’s case is any example, then we do not expect Pope Francis to move swiftly on Bishop Zanchetta.

Yet if Pope Francis does move quickly, it would send a powerful message. The Pope now has a chance now to break from the painful decisions made by his predecessors and add much-needed weight and credibility to next month’s papal summit on abuse. The first step is to remove Bishop Zanchetta from his post and meet with his survivors in Argentina to learn what he can do to prevent future cases of abuse.

CONTACT: Zach Hiner, Executive Director (zhiner@snapnetwork.org, 517-974-9009)

(SNAP, the Survivors Network, has been providing support for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings for 30 years. We have more than 25,000 survivors and supporters in our network. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)


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