Pope accepts resignation of 'unfaithful' UK bishop

2014-10-04 20:02
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Vatican City - Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of a British bishop who admitted last week that he had been "unfaithful" to his vows as a priest.

In a statement read across his Arundel and Brighton diocese, Bishop Kieran Conry didn't say what he had done but said "my actions were not illegal and did not involve minors".

British news reports have said the 63-year-old Conry had an inappropriate relationship with a married woman in his parish.

In a statement on Saturday, the Vatican said Francis had accepted Conry's resignation under the code of canon law that allows for bishops to resign early if they are sick or for another "grave" reason that makes them unfit for office.

Conry apologised for the "shame" he brought on the church and asked for forgiveness.

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