The Holy See press team provided information about the acceptance of the resignation of Bishop Christopher Alan Saunders. Saunders is one of Australia’s longest-serving bishops. For 25 years he was chaplain of the Diocese of Broome in Western Australia. Pope Francis Bishop Geraldton Michael Henry Morrissey was appointed in his place. He will remain in this position until a new bishop is appointed.
Pope Francis accepted the bishop’s resignation. In the background, accusations of sexual assault
As I mentioned DoorThe Pope’s decision to accept Saunders’ resignation is linked to his internal procedures Vatican. It relates to the decision-making and financial operations that Saunders performs in managing the diocese.
Bishop Saunders’ name also appeared in the context of an investigation into allegations of sexual assault. The cleric himself has denied all accusations of abuse from the start, but when? police He informed about the ongoing investigation against him – he submitted an official resignation. Vatican proceedings did not investigate allegations of sexual issues.
Australian media reports that the police investigation began with a family man who initially gave testimony to a local chaplain and then agreed to pass the information to the police. At the end of 2020, the police handed over Prosecutor’s Office Their findings in the Saunders case. A few months later, investigators said they would not press charges against the cleric.
“After consulting with the Attorney General’s Office, it has been decided that no criminal charges will be brought,” Australian Police said at the time.
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