Written by Staff Writer
Dr Jacques Roux-Caya, the Catholic Archbishop of Paris, has resigned from his post following allegations that he was involved in an intimate relationship with a woman more than a decade ago.
Roux-Caya issued a statement announcing his resignation Tuesday following the allegations by a woman who had alleged a “consensual relationship that I sanctioned and sometimes supported”.
However, a Vatican spokesman told AFP on Monday that, following Roux-Caya’s resignation, Pope Francis had accepted his resignation with “regret”.
The spokesman added that his decision was “very late in coming and falls far short of the position of exoneration” that Roux-Caya had requested.
Roux-Caya was reportedly being investigated by the Diocese of Paris but it was not clear if he had taken part in a separate investigation carried out by the French church authorities.
French weekly Closer in 2016 published a photo of a young Roux-Caya in which he can be seen kissing his wife, head bowed. Roux-Caya reportedly dismissed the report as a “bit of fun.”
“I think I love her, but this is all gossip,” he told France Info radio at the time.
The Catholic Church has seen a series of revelations involving sexual abuse in recent months. Last month, Pope Francis met with three American church abuse survivors to discuss its handling of sex abuse cases.