Pope sacks Slovenian bishops over financial error

Two archbishops sacked

Pope Francis has sacked Slovenia's two Catholic archbishops  over a financial scandal that has reportedly left one archdiocese with a budget shortfall of $A1.2 billion, reports AFP on Nine News.

The Vatican said in a statement on Wednesday the Pope had "accepted the resignation" of Archbishop of Ljubljana Anton Stres and the Archbishop of Maribor Marjan Turnsek.

Tiny Slovenia only has two Catholic archdioceses. Both are leaving under canon law rules for a bishop "who because of illness or some other grave reason has become unsuited for the fulfilment of his office".

Slovenian media quoted by Italian news agency ANSA reported allegations that risky financial mismanagement by the two archbishops had left the archdiocese of Maribor bankrupt.

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Pope sacks Slovenian bishops over deficit error (Nine News)

Financial transparency: now it's the bishops' turn (Vatican Insider)

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