A high-profile figure just resigned from office in disgrace and millions of people are stunned. The world is now wondering how this move will impact events going forward.
According to the Vatican, Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Archbishop Luigi Ventura. The archbishop, who serves as the Vatican’s envoy to France, has been embroiled in a sexual abuse scandal.
Ventura has reportedly been “under investigation for sexual crimes since January 2019.” He is accused of molesting “a junior mayoral aide sexually during a speech” repeatedly.
The Vatican did not waste time announcing his departure, even though it was expected. At 75-years-old, Ventura was obliged to tender his resignation anyway — this is a longstanding rule for prelates.
Many have wondered why Pope Francis didn’t call for his resignation earlier this year when the allegations first surfaced, but it is possible he was simply waiting for the case to play out naturally.
Regardless, the Vatican is under increased pressure to push for more accountability within its ranks on the matter of sexual abuse. Pope Francis would be wise to institute transparent reforms.
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