The Archbishop of Paris has offered to step down after admitting to having had an “ambiguous” relationship with a woman in 2012, the archdiocese said. Source: Crux.
Archbishop Michel Aupetit, who has led the Paris church since 2018, sent a letter to Pope Francis offering to resign following a report in Le Point magazine. There was no indication if or when Francis might act on it; he has refused to accept similar offers from other prelates caught up in scandal.
In an article published this week, Le Point said Archbishop Aupetit had a consensual, intimate relationship with a woman. The report relied on several anonymous sources who said they had seen a 2012 email Archbishop Aupetit sent by mistake to his secretary.
Archishop Aupetit denied being the author of the email and told Le Point that he didn’t have intimate relations with the woman.
At the time of the alleged relationship, Archbishop Aupetit was a priest in the Paris Archdiocese; he was made an auxiliary bishop of Paris in 2013 and was installed as archbishop in January 2018.
In an interview Friday with Catholic radio Notre Dame, Archbishop Aupetit denounced the “virulent” Le Point article.
“Those who knew me at the time and who shared my daily life would certainly tell that I was not living a double life, as the article suggests,” he said. “I recognise, as I have said before, that I poorly handled the situation with a person who was in contact many times with me.”
Calling it a “mistake”, he said he decided not to see the woman any more after speaking with Cardinal André Vingt-Trois, the then-Paris archbishop, at the beginning of 2012.
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