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Indonesian bishop resigns over embezzlement and mistress claims

Bishop Hubertus Leteng

An Indonesian bishop has resigned following reports that he had a mistress and syphoned off more than $100,000 in church funds.

Pope Francis on Wednesday accepted the resignation of Bishop Hubertus Leteng of Ruteng. Denpasar bishop, Monsignor Sylvester San, will run the diocese until a permanent replacement is found.

Local media and the Ucanews agency, which covers the Catholic Church in Asia, reported that dozens of priests resigned en masse in June to protest Bishop Leteng’s administration. The Vatican sent an investigator to look into their allegations that Bishop Leteng had a mistress and secretly borrowed $94,000 from the Indonesian bishops’ conference and another $30,000 from the diocese without accounting for it.

According to Ucanews, Bishop Leteng said the money financed the education of a poor youth, though he declined to provide details.