By FRANKLIN BRICENO Associated Press
Pope Francis has removed a Roman Catholic bishop in Peru who an influential former prelate says is suspected of sexually abusing minors.
Gabino Miranda, 53, was removed as part of the new pope’s “zero tolerance” policy against abuse, the Rev. Luis Bambaren, the retired former Peruvian bishops’ conference chief, told reporters on Friday.
Miranda is only the second bishop known to have been removed in recent times by the Vatican over sex abuse allegations.
The Rev. Percy Quispe, spokesman for the archdiocese of Ayacucho where Miranda was assigned, confirmed his removal to The Associated Press on Saturday.
He said Miranda departed in July but did not specify the reason.
Miranda had since 2007 led the youth ministry of Peru’s bishops’ commission. He was a close associate of the powerful Cardinal Juan Cipriani of Lima, sharing membership in the conservative Opus Dei organization.
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