.- The Executive Committee of the Bishopsâ Conference of Argentina issued a statement this week in response to the unexpected resignation of Bishop Juan Carlos Maccarone of Santiago del Estero, who stepped down after reports he engaged in sexual misconduct with an adult man. In the brief statement the bishops said, âThe Church, in the weakness of her children, is a sign in the world of the mercy of God the Father in Jesus Christ. This demands of us a constant, day-by-day conversion and penance without fear of the truth or attempts to hide it.â
âAt this time we feel the suffering and confusion of our people. Itâs time to renew our trust in the power of Godâs grace,â the statement adds. The bishops also expressed their solidarity âwith the presbyterate and the people of Santiago del Estero.â
In the face of persistent reports of sexual misconduct with an adult man, Bishop Maccarone, 64, decided to present his resignation, which Pope Benedict XVI immediately accepted.
The bishop will retire to an undetermined place. âWe accompany our brother with affection, understanding and prayer,â the bishops said.
âMay Mary, Queen of the Apostles, protect and comfort us in this moment of trial,â the statement concludes.