The Auxiliary Bishop of Tegucigalpa in Honduras Resigns
On July 20, 2018, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Bishop Juan José Pineda Fasquelle, auxiliary bishop of the archdiocese of Tegucigalpa. The 57-year-old prelate is accused of sexual abuse by two former seminarians. He is also suspected of embezzlement.
Bishop Pineda has been stationed since 2005 in the diocese of 75-year-old Cardinal Oscar Maradiaga, coordinator of the C9, the council of cardinals in charge of helping Pope Francis reform the Roman Curia.
Last March, according to the American weekly National Catholic Register, former seminarians from the Honduran capital accused Bishop Pineda of “grave sexual misconduct”. This conduct occurred “several years ago”, when the prelate was teaching at the archdiocesan seminary.
A few months earlier, the Italian paper L’Espresso revealed that an apostolic investigation into Bishop Pineda’s case was commissioned by Pope Francis in May of 2017. The accusation was embezzlement. Cardinal Oscar Maradiaga supposedly also received 500,000€ ($576,000) a year for the past ten years as Chancellor of the Catholic University of Tegucigalpa.