Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of an English bishop who had an affair with a parishioner.
“The Holy Father Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Kieran Conry from the dioceses of Arundel and Brighton,” the Vatican said in its statement.
Conry, 64, had said in a letter to his parishioners that he had veered from the precepts of the Catholic church but underscored that his actions “were not illegal and did not involve minors.”
According to reports in the British press, Conry, who was appointed by Pope John Paul II in 2001 as bishop of Arundel and Brighton in southeast England, had an affair with a married woman.
The affair was exposed when the estranged husband of the woman hired a private detective to follow his wife when their marriage broke down.
The Archbishop of Southwark Peter Smith has been named the Apostolic Administrator of the diocese until a new bishop takes up the office.