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Holy See to send special investigator to Indonesia's Flores island to check claims that have seen 69 rebel priests quit

Vatican investigates bishop's money, alleged mistress

Holy Cross Bishop Antonius Subianto Bunjamin of Bandung has been appointed by the Vatican to look into the Ruteng Diocese dispute. (Photo courtesy of the Indonesian bishops' conference)

Ryan Dagur, Jakarta
Indonesia

August 9, 2017

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The Holy See has appointed an apostolic visitator to look into claims by Indonesian rebel priests that their bishop kept a mistress and misappropriated church funds.

Holy Cross Bishop Antonius Subianto Bunjamin of Bandung was assigned to investigate and will visit Ruteng Diocese on Flores Island next week.

Bishop Bunjamin, who is also general secretary of the Indonesian bishops' conference, told ucanews.com on Aug. 8 that the Vatican had asked him to verify whether accusations against Bishop Hubertus Leteng of Ruteng that he misused money and had an alleged affair with a woman were true.

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