UCA News Catholic Dioceses in Asia
UCA News Catholic Dioceses in Asia
UCA News Catholic Dioceses in Asia
UCA News


New era beckons scandal-hit Indonesian diocese

Ruteng Diocese set to install bishop to replace prelate forced to quit over missing cash, affair with woman

Mission in Asia | Make a Contribution
Mission in Asia | Make a Contribution
New era beckons scandal-hit Indonesian diocese

Bishop-elect Siprianus Hormat receives a warm welcome from Catholics in Ruteng on Feb. 28. (Photo supplied)

Share this article :
Protests by dozens of priests and laypeople sparked a Vatican investigation resulting in the resignation of Bishop Hubertus Leteng of Ruteng in October 2017.

The bishop was accused of embezzling church funds and having an affair with a woman.

This year, the diocese that covers three districts in western Flores — Manggarai, West Manggarai and East Manggarai — with more than 800.000 Catholics is preparing for the ordination of its new bishop on March 19.

Bishop-elect Siprianus Hormat, 54, was appointed by Pope Francis in September while he was serving as executive secretary of the Indonesian Bishops’ Conference.

When he arrived in Ruteng on Feb. 28, large crowds of people lined roadsides to greet him in a spectacle that had never been seen before.

Click here to read the full article

Support UCA News...

As 2020 unfolds, we are asking readers like you to help us keep Union of Catholic Asian News (UCA News) free so it can be accessed from anywhere in the world at no cost.

That has been our policy for years and was made possible by donations from European Catholic funding agencies. However, like the Church in Europe, these agencies are in decline and the immediate and urgent claims on their funds for humanitarian emergencies in Africa and parts of Asia mean there is much less to distribute than there was even a decade ago.

Forty years ago, when UCA News was founded, Asia was a very different place - many poor and underdeveloped countries with large populations to feed, political instability and economies too often poised on the edge of collapse. Today, Asia is the economic engine room of the world and funding agencies quite rightly look to UCA News to do more to fund itself.

UCA News has a unique product developed from a view of the world and the Church through informed Catholic eyes. Our journalistic standards are as high as any in the quality press; our focus is particularly on a fast-growing part of the world - Asia - where, in some countries the Church is growing faster than pastoral resources can respond to - South Korea, Vietnam and India to name just three.

And UCA News has the advantage of having in its ranks local reporters that cover 22 countries and experienced native English-speaking editors to render stories that are informative, informed and perceptive.

We report from the ground where other news services simply can't or won't go. We report the stories of local people and their experiences in a way that Western news outlets simply don't have the resources to reach. And we report on the emerging life of new Churches in old lands where being a Catholic can at times be very dangerous.

With dwindling support from funding partners in Europe and the USA, we need to call on the support of those who benefit from our work.

Click here to find out the ways you can support UCA News. You can make a difference for as little as US$5...
UCAN Donate
UCA Newsletter
Thank you. You are now signed up to our Daily Full Bulletin newsletter

Also Read

UCA News Podcast
Mission in Asia | Make a Contribution
Mission in Asia | Make a Contribution
Mission in Asia | Make a Contribution