Priest Resigns Over Secret Family

    Bishop Gabino Zavala, Chairman of Encuentro 2000, speaks at a news conference as Bishop Joseph Fiorenza looks on, Thursday, July 6, 2000, in Los Angeles. The Catholic Church on Thursday kicked off a major jubilee event attended by 5,000 people from more than 150 nations, aimed at promoting greater acceptance of diversity in the Church and in America. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    If only all Catholic sex scandals were this benign. A 60-year-old auxiliary bishop resigned from the Catholic Church on Wednesday after telling the Los Angeles Archdiocese in December that he had secretly fathered two children. Gabino Zavala resigned under canonical law that allows bishops to retire before the age of 75 for medical reasons or other circumstances that make them unfit to hold their positions. His two teenage sons live out of state with their mother.

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