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Pope ousts Congolese bishop over 'management'

Pope Benedict has "removed" a bishop in the Democratic Republic of Congo for mismanagement, the Vatican has announced.

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  • April 1, 2011
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Pope Benedict has "removed" a bishop in the Democratic Republic of Congo for mismanagement, the Vatican has announced.

The Pope "has withdrawn from Mgr Jean-Claude Makaya Loemba the pastoral charge of the diocese of Pointe-Noire", a Vatican statement said.

It said that this rare move was motivated by "serious problems of management within the diocese, among others economic management" and by "acute tensions within the diocese", according to the Vatican, which said there was no issue of sexual morals involved, AFP reports.

The religious news agency I-Media quoted Vatican sources to the effect that the management at Pointe-Noire had been disastrous and the prelate did not enjoy the confidence of his clergy.

Makaya Loemba, 56, was ordained a priest in 1983, and appointed bishop of his diocese of origin in December 1995 by Pope John Paul II.

I-Media said the unusual circumstances in which the bishop quit his post suggested he refused to resign.

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Vatican sacks DRC bishop (News24)

Other Pontifical Acts (VIS News)

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