Outspoken Zimbabwe Catholic prelate quits amid scandal

Pius Ncube resigns
A Roman Catholic archbishop who has been a leading critic of Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe has resigned amid allegations of a sexual affair with a married woman. Though he has previously denied the accusations, Pius Ncube, 60, archbishop of the Bulawayo diocese in Zimbabwe since 1998, said he sent his resignation to Rome to save the church any further attacks.

The Vatican issued a one-sentence statement September 11 that it had accepted Ncube’s resignation under a provision of church law that allows bishops to step down in case of illness or other “grave” impediments. Ncube said he submitted his request to resign in July after the accusations became public.

 

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