VATICAN CITY — On Oct. 9, Pope Benedict XVI accepted the resignation of Bishop Marco Antonio Ordenes Fernandez of Iquique, Chile, who has been under investigation by the Vatican since April for alleged sexual abuse.
The Holy See's Press Office said the bishop resigned in conformity with a specific code in canon law, which allows for resignation “because of ill health or some other grave cause.”
The Apostolic Nunciature in Chile also announced that Archbishop Pablo Lizama Riquelme of Antofagasta has been named Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Iquique.
On Oct. 2, the Nunciature confirmed that the Vatican was investigating Bishop Ordenes.
“Since the outset of this case, the...READ MORE