Diocese clarifies reasons for Colombian bishop's resignation

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The press office of the Diocese of Duitama Sogamoso in Colombia says that Pope Benedict XVI accepted the resignation of Bishop Carlos Prada Sanmiguel for health reasons, not because of a lawsuit filed against him.

Speaking to EWTN News on Oct. 16, Father Paulo Andres Palencia of the Diocese of Duitama Sogamoso said Bishop Sanmiguel presented his early resignation “for health and family reasons.”

He denied that a lawsuit filed by Father Edward Perez against the bishop played a role in his resignation.  Fr. Perez has had troubles of his own and has fathered various children with a mistress.

Bishop Sanmiguel “is facing a lawsuit filed by a priest who accuses him of slander and calumny, which is a concern for civil legislation and not a reason for the bishop’s resignation,” Fr. Palencia explained.

“At no time did the Holy See and or the bishops’ conference ask him to resign,” the spokesman added.

He also noted that Bishop Sanmiguel “is mourning the passing of his mother, who passed into eternity on Sunday, Oct. 14 of this year.”

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