The Vatican has suspended priestly ordinations in the Diocese of Ciudad del Este, Paraguay, according to multiple media reports, reports Ucanews/Catholic Culture.
Following an investigation of the diocese led by Cardinal Santos Abril y Castello, ordinations have been suspended until Pope Francis resolves difficulties in the diocese, reports indicate.
No public announcement has been made about the reason for the action. The Vatican ordered an investigation of the diocese following the revelation that a priest who was accused of sexual abuse while in the US was serving as Vicar General in Ciudad del Este.
That report brought to a head tensions between the diocesan leader, Bishop Rogelio Livieres Plano, and other bishops in Paraguay, and complaints from lay activists about alleged irregularities in diocesan affairs.
The accused priest — identified by the Scranton, Pennsylvania diocese as a 'serious threat to young people' — was reportedly removed from his post as Vicar General earlier this month, at the request of the Apostolic Nuncio in Paraguay, Archbishop Eliseo Ariotti.
However, Bishop Livieres has defended the accused priest in the past, saying that thc charges against him are unproven. Defenders of Bishop Livieres have argued that the complaints against him have been fuelled by liberal ideology.