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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Bishop resigns after clashing with his diocese over Latin Mass

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Pope accepts premature retirement from the French bishop
French radio station reports about clashes between members of the rural diocese of Lucon and their local bishop

Pope Francis accepted the premature retirement of the Bishop of Lucon, Alain Castet. This was announced by the Vatican and the French Bishops' Conference on Thursday. The 67-year-old headed the Loire diocese in western France since 2008. Reasons for the resignation were not officially named.

The French radio station "Franceinfo" reports of numerous clashes between members of the rural diocese and the bishop who worked 33 years in Paris. One reason was his participation in a meeting of the traditionalist of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter in Wigratzbad. In addition, the broadcaster reports that the bishop celebrates the Mass, especially according to the pre-conciliar rite and basically without women at the altar. His communication behaviour is described as difficult.

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