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A young woman accused Charles Drennan of "unacceptable behavior of a sexual nature," the archdiocese of Wellington announced Friday night.

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A New Zealand Catholic Bishop resigned after a young woman accused him of having "Unacceptable behavior of a sexual nature"announced Friday, October 4 in the evening, the Archdiocese of Wellington. Bishop Charles Drennan, who was in charge of the diocese of Palmerston North on the North Island, resigned as a result of independent investigations into his conduct. "The young woman asked that the details of the complaint remain confidential"writes Cardinal John Dew, Metropolitan Archbishop of New Zealand, in a statement.

"We can say that Pope Francis accepted his resignation, said Mgr Dew. In the eyes of the Catholic Church, the behavior of Bishop Drennan was totally unacceptable, and she fully supports the young woman for having manifested herself "added the cardinal. He further clarified that the complainant had been informed of Drennan's resignation and that the Church would continue to support him.

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"The Catholic Church does not tolerate inappropriate behavior "

According to the NZCatholic website, Charles Drennan, 59, was named bishop in 2011, before taking up his duties in Palmerston North a year later. Previously, he worked at the Vatican Secretariat of State during the reign of Pope John Paul II, then Benedict XVI.

More recently, he was part of an ecclesiastical task force working with the Royal Commission – the largest judicial inquiry in New Zealand – to shed light on the abuse of children in care. by the state and by religious institutions between 1950 and 1999.

"The Catholic Church does not tolerate inappropriate behavior on the part of its members. I encourage all those who have such behavior to bring it to the attention of the Church, the police or any organization with which they feel comfortable "continued the cardinal.

The Catholic Church has been shaken for a few years by a series of scandals related to pedophilia around the world. Since last year, the pope has decreed zero tolerance against the pedophile clergy, asking the bishops to collaborate with civil justice. In France, for example, the Independent Commission on Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church, in charge of establishing an inventory of the sexual violence perpetrated by clerics against minors and vulnerable people, launched on 3 June a call to witness to those who have been victims since 1950.

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