New York Auxiliary Bishop McCarthy Resigns

NEW YORK, JUNE 12, 2002 ( A New York auxiliary bishop quit after admitting to several affairs with women, becoming the fourth U.S. prelate in recent months to step down because of sex scandals.

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Auxiliary Bishop James F. McCarthy, 59, pastor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Shrub Oak, Westchester County, admitted to the affairs after they were brought to the attention of Church officials in a letter, the Associated Press reported.

The announcement Tuesday came only hours after the Vatican accepted the resignation of Bishop J. Kendrick Williams, 65, of Lexington, Kentucky, who was accused in three sex abuse cases.

The New York Archdiocese said Bishop McCarthy´s affairs occurred during the course of several years. Church officials said they will cooperate with prosecutors if any legal issues arise from the affairs.

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