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Paris, the archbishop resigns for “ambiguous behavior” with a woman

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The archbishop of Paris Michel Aupetit offered his resignation to Pope francesco, following the revelations of the weekly Point on an alleged love story with a woman in 2012. The diocese of Paris acknowledges that the high prelate, now 70, had “ambiguous behavior” with a woman at the time. In the letter to the Pope, what a second Le Figaro she would have arrived in Rome yesterday, Aupetit proposes “to the Pope to resign”. The Pontiff can decide whether to accept them or not.

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Aupetit explained to Point: “When I was vicar general, a woman showed up on several occasions with visits, emails, etc., to the point that sometimes I had to make arrangements to distance ourselves. I recognize however that my behavior towards her could have been ambiguous, leaving thus underlying the existence between us of an intimate relationship and sexual relations, which I strongly deny. At the beginning of 2012 I informed my spiritual director and, after discussing with the archbishop of Paris of that time (the Cardinal André Vingt-Trois), I decided not to see her again and I informed her. In the spring of 2020, after recalling this old situation with my vicars general, I notified the authorities of the Church “.

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It would have been “neither a love relationship nor a sexual relationship”, and the request for resignation, according to the diocese, would not be “a confession of guilt, but a gesture of humility, making oneself available, to avoid divisions “.

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Aupetit was a general practitioner in the Paris region for eleven years before being ordained a priest in 1995, at the age of 44: “God gave me an appointment late”, he used to say. Appointed archbishop in 2017, he had to manage the fire of Notre-Dame and is known for his conservative positions on the family and bioethics: he has regularly supported the “marches for life” hostile to abortion and has bitterly argued with the community. homosexual on the subject of marriage and adoptions.

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