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Pope sacks bishops after financial scandal.

At the bottom of today's Vatican news bulletin, you'll find news that two of Solvenia's top bishops have resigned, "in accordance with canon 401 para. 2 of the Code of Canon Law." That's the part that states, "A diocesan bishop who, because of illness or some other grave reason, has become unsuited for the fulfilment of his office, is earnestly requested to offer his resignation from office." In this case, it looks like these bishops were removed for the some other grave reason of being implicated in a major financial scandal. They weren't kicked upstairs.

The scandal dates back to 2011, when media reported the diocese suffered losses of up to 800 million euros ($1.1 billion) on investments in a chain of failing businesses, including a nationwide TV network known for its variety of porn channels.
Maribor's previous bishop, Franc Kramberger, resigned after the reports. [Archbishops] Stres and Turnsek were at the time also allegedly involved in the diocese's finances, though they argue they weren't the most responsible for the losses.
They may be the only people in history to lose money investing in pornography.
Can you think of any other grave reason that a bishop might lose his job?

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They may be the only people in history to lose money investing in pornography.

The line of the year!


Is this action because of the new pope's position on these matters. Previously, one had to depart from dogma, not necessarily morality, to be censured.

Has the genius that orchestrated this purchase been sacked yet?


Can you think of any other grave reason that a bishop might lose his job?

The only one that I am aware of in recent years was Bishop Morris of Australia who lost his job after  publicly suggesting that Rome should take another look at the" wisdom" of insisting on mandatory celibacy and the "wisdom" of continuing to lock women out of the priesthood.

Unfortunately, enabling pedophiles isn't serious enough to ask bishops for their resignations.  In fact,  the PTB were/are so unconcerned about bishops protecting sexual predators that many of those who did so were promoted even after the truth was out.

Is it only money that the PTB care about?

Two questions:

  1. If a sacked bishop refuses to go, what standing would the Vatican have under U.S. law to force him out?
  2. Who actually owns the assets of a diocese?

Here's another interesting "resignation":

Bishop Tonye Bakot is notoriously anti-gay.  Anti-gay well beyond the bounds of the Catechism.

Meant to include this link as well in my last post:

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