Buenos Aires, Argentina, Jan 20, 2019 / 12:38 pm
In an exclusive report from the Associated Press, the former vicar to Argentine Bishop Gustavo Oscar Zanchetta said that the Vatican had had information about sexual abuse allegations against Zanchetta for several years.
This contradicts a Vatican statement made just weeks ago which said that Vatican officials had only gained knowledge of sexual abuse allegations against Zanchetta a few months ago.
Bishop Zanchetta resigned as Bishop of Orán, Argentina on Aug. 1, 2017, slightly more than four years after his appointment there. At the time, he cited health problems and "difficulty in managing relations with the diocesan clergy and in very tense relations with the priests of the diocese," and "an incapacity to govern the clergy."
About four months after his resignation, Zanchetta was appointed by Francis to the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See (APSA) in December 2017. The APSA manages the Holy See's assets and real estate holdings.