French bishop resigns over 'inappropriate behaviour' with youths
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A bishop in southwestern France resigned Thursday at the behest of the Vatican over "inappropriate behaviour" towards youths, the French Catholic Church said.
A separate statement from the Dax diocese said the resignation was over the bishop's behaviour with young people.
Pope Francis accepted Gaschignard's resignation, the church statement said, noting the "gravity" of the situation.
A spokesman for the diocese, Paul Perromat, said the resignation followed "possibly inappropriate comments and behaviour" by the bishop but that "it is in no case a question of sexual aggression or acts".
Catholic newspaper La Croix reported that teen parishioners expressed concern about Gaschignard's behavior and language.
A new book and media investigation released last month accused 25 French bishops of covering up sexual abuse by priests around France over the years.
(FRANCE 24 with AFP, AP)