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Resignation of Bishop Gabino Zavala [1/04/2012]

Date: Wednesday, January 4, 2012
From: Archdiocese of Los Angeles Priority: High
Archbishop José H. Gomez releases a statement on the resignation of Bishop Gabino Zavala.

 

January 4, 2012

Dear Brothers and Sisters:
 
I have some sad and difficult information to share with you. Bishop Gabino Zavala, auxiliary bishop for the San Gabriel Pastoral Region, informed me in early December that he is the father of two minor teenage children, who live with their
mother in another state.
 
Bishop Zavala also told me that he submitted his resignation to the Holy Father in Rome, which was accepted. Since that time, he has not been in ministry and will be living privately.
 
The Archdiocese has reached out to the mother and children to provide spiritual care as well as funding to assist the children with college costs. The family’s identity is not known to the public, and I wish to respect their right to privacy.
 
Let us pray for all those impacted by this situation and for each other as we reflect on this letter.
 
May the Lord Jesus, through the intercession of Mary, grant you peace.

Most Reverend José H. Gomez
Archbishop of Los Angeles

(For a PDF version of this release, go to
http://www.la-archdiocese.org/org/media/Press%20Releases/2012-01-04-Zavala.pdf)

 
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SPANISH/ En Español:

 
Los Angeles, 4 de enero de 2012
 
 
Queridos hermanos y hermanas:
 
Tengo una información triste y difícil para compartir con ustedes. Monseñor Gabino Zavala, Obispo Auxiliar para la Región Pastoral de San Gabriel, me informó a principios de diciembre que es padre de dos hijos adolescentes menores de edad, que viven con su madre en otro estado.  
 
El Obispo Zavala también me dijo que presentó su renuncia al Santo Padre en Roma, y ésta ha sido aceptada. Desde entonces, no ha ejercido su ministerio y vivirá privadamente.  
 
La Arquidiócesis ha ofrecido asistencia espiritual y económica a la madre y los niños, y en el futuro ayudar a los niños con sus gastos educativos. La identidad de la familia no es pública y quiero respetar su derecho a la privacidad.  
 
Oremos los unos por los otros, y especialmente por aquellos afectados por esta situación, mientras reflexionamos sobre el contenido de esta carta.  
 
Que el Señor Jesús, por intercesión de María, les conceda paz,

Monseñor José H. Gomez
Arzobispo de Los Ángeles
 
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