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Alessandro Gisotti Issues 2nd Statement on Case of Argentine Bishop Zanchetta

During Investigation, Bishop Zanchetta Is Abstaining from Work at the Vatican

Today, Jan. 22, 2019, Director ad interim of the Holy See Press Office, Alessandro Gisotti, issued the following statement to journalists, in response to some press inquiries. Here is a Vatican-translation of the Italian text:

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In response to the questions raised by a few journalists on the matter pertaining to Bishop Zanchetta, the Director “ad interim” of the Press Office of the Holy See, Alessandro Gisotti, has affirmed:

“In reference to the articles published recently by several news sources, as well as to some misleading reconstructions, I resolutely repeat what was stated this past 4 January. In addition, I emphasize that the case is being studied and when this process is over, information will be forthcoming regarding the results”.

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Here is a Zenit working translation by Vatican Correspondent Deborah Castellano Lubov of the Jan. 4 statement’s Italian text:

In response to the questions of some journalists, the “interim” Director of the Holy See Press Office,  Alessandro Gisotti, said:

“Bishop [Gustavo Óscar]  Zanchetta was not removed from the Diocese of Oran, [Argentina]. It was he who stepped down.

The reason for his resignation is linked to his difficulties in managing diocesan clergy and very tense relations with the priests of the diocese. At the time of his resignation, there were accusations against him of authoritarianism, but there were no accusations of sexual abuse against him. So the problem that emerged was linked to the inability to govern the clergy.

After his resignation he spent a period of time in Spain.

After his time in Spain, in consideration of his administrative managerial capacity, he was appointed Assessor of APSA (an assignment that, in any case, does not require responsibility for the government of the Dicastery).

No accusation of sexual abuse emerged at the time of his appointment as Assessor. The accusations of sexual abuse go back, in fact, to this fall. On the basis of these accusations and of the news that has appeared recently in the media, the Bishop of Oran has already collected some testimonies, which must now go to the Congregation for Bishops.

Should the elements be confirmed to proceed, the case will be remitted to the Special Commission for Bishops.

During the preliminary investigation, Bishop Zanchetta will abstain from work.”

[Working translation by Deborah Castellano Lubov]

About Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is a Senior Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in four languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, at times from the papal flight, and has done television and radio commentary, including for Vatican Radio and BBC. She is a contributor to National Catholic Register, UK Catholic Herald, Our Sunday Visitor, Inside the Vatican, and other Catholic news outlets. She has also collaborated with the Vatican in various projects, including an internship at the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, and is a collaborator with NBC Universal, NBC News, Euronews, and EWTN. For 'The Other Francis': http://www.gracewing.co.uk/page219.html or https://www.amazon.com/Other-Francis-Everything-They-about/dp/0852449348/

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