VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Saturday replaced an Australian bishop who stepped down amid a Vatican investigation into what Australian media have described as allegations of sexual misconduct.
The Vatican stated Francis popular Bishop Christopher Alan Saunders’ resignation as head of the Broome diocese in Western Australia narrate. Francis appointed one other prelate, Bishop Michael Henry Morrissey of the Geraldton diocese, to temporarily administer the sprawling Catholic diocese in Broome.
The Vatican, in step with its custom for announcing bishop resignations, didn’t cite a motive for changing Saunders. At 71, he’s four years youthful than the age when the Vatican requires bishops to give their resignations to the pontiff.
Australian media have quoted Saunders as strongly denying any wrongdoing and voluntarily offering to step apart. The Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported earlier this year that police and prosecutors made up our minds in opposition to submitting legal charges.
Parishioners within the diocese had been suggested in Would possibly simply that the Vatican investigation became ongoing, in step with Australian media experiences.
Particulars of the case weren’t straight available within the market. Saunders has reportedly been on sabbatical.