Vatican removes deputy bishop in Peru after sex abuse allegations
LIMA (Reuters) - The Vatican, under Pope Francis' zero-tolerance policy for pedophile priests, removed an auxiliary bishop from his post in a Peruvian province because of allegations he sexually abused children, a bishop said on Friday.
Mr Luis Bambaren, the former president of Peru's bishops'conference and bishop emeritus of Chimbote, told the local media that Bishop Gabino Miranda was dismissed as auxiliary bishop in the dioceses of Ayacucho, a poor Andean region in southern Peru, after he was accused of having sexual relations with minors.
"It is what the Pope said - zero tolerance," Mr Bambaren said on RPP radio. "Those are very serious crimes, especially when it has to do with a bishop." A Church official confirmed to Reuters that Bishop Miranda, 53, had resigned from Peru's bishops' conference but declined to say why.
The attorney-general's office said on Friday that it was investigating Bishop Miranda and would announce actions soon.