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Pope Francis accepts resignation of bishop caught with lover and stealing from Church coffers

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By Agence France-Presse

Pope Francis on Wednesday accepted the resignation of an Indonesian bishop who had been accused by his own priests of having a mistress and skimming $124,000 (105,000 euros) from Church coffers.

Ruteng bishop Hubertus Leteng will be replaced temporarily by Sylvester San, the Bali-based Bishop of Denpasar, pending a new appointment, the Vatican said in an appointments update that did not enter into details of the case.

A total of 69 priests were reported to have resigned in June in protest at Leteng’s conduct, prompting a Vatican probe of allegations he took $94,000 (79,000 euros) from the Indonesian bishops’ conference and $30,000 (25,000) from his own diocese in unregistered transactions.

Leteng had denied the allegations but offered no explanation for his sudden departure on Wednesday, at the age of 58, 17 years before the usual retirement point for a bishop. (AFP)