Vatican City, Mar 21, 2018 / 04:42 am
On Wednesday Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Msgr. Dario Edoardo Vigano as prefect of the Secretariat for Communications in wake of what has been dubbed by many as the 'Lettergate' scandal, which has dominated Catholic media the past week.
The announcement was made in a March 21 statement from Vatican spokesman Greg Burke, who said said Msgr. Lucio Adrián Ruiz, secretary of the Vatican communications office, will take charge until a new prefect is named.
In his letter submitting his resignation, which was dated March 19 and published March 21 alongside Francis' response, Vigano said that in recent days, "many controversies have arisen regarding my work which, beyond intentions, destabilizes the complex and great task of reform which you entrusted to me."
He thanked the Pope for his accompaniment and generosity, and said that for the sake of avoiding the "delay" of the reform and for "love of the Church," he tendered his resignation.