In­done­sia bishop re­signs in fi­nance, mis­tress scan­dal

The Myanmar Times - - Asean Focus -

AN In­done­sian bishop has re­signed fol­low­ing re­ports that he had a mis­tress and si­phoned off more than US$100,000 (K136.4 mil­lion) in church funds.

Pope Fran­cis on Wed­nes­day ac­cepted the res­ig­na­tion of Bishop Hu­ber­tus Leteng of Ruteng. Den­pasar bishop, Mon­signor Sylvester San, will run the dio­cese un­til a per­ma­nent re­place­ment is found.

Lo­cal me­dia and the Ucanews agency, which cov­ers the Catholic Church in Asia, re­ported that dozens of priests re­signed en masse in June to protest Leteng’s ad­min­is­tra­tion. The Vat­i­can sent an in­ves­ti­ga­tor to look into their al­le­ga­tions that Leteng had a mis­tress and se­cretly bor­rowed $94,000 from the In­done­sian bish­ops’ con­fer­ence and an­other $30,000 from the dio­cese with­out ac­count­ing for it.

Ac­cord­ing to Ucanews, Leteng said the money fi­nanced the ed­u­ca­tion of a poor youth, though he de­clined to pro­vide de­tails. – AP

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