The Paris Archbishop Michel Aupetit (archive image)
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The Paris Archbishop Michel Aupetit has submitted his resignation to Pope Francis.
The reason was an "unclear behavior" on the part of the archbishop towards a woman, the diocese announced on Friday in Paris.
The letter went out this week.
The magazine "Le Point" recently reported on an alleged affair between the archbishop and a woman.
This became known through an email that the archbishop had inadvertently addressed to his secretary instead of the woman.
According to the magazine, Aupetit confirmed that his behavior could give the impression that there was an intimate relationship.
"I expressly reject this," said Aupetit aloud to "Le Point".
The request for resignation was "not an admission of guilt, but a gesture of humility," declared the diocese.
"(The Archbishop) understood that it could disturb the Catholics in the diocese." Aupetit himself told the Catholic newspaper "La Croix" about his resignation: "I did it to protect the diocese."
No violation of criminal law
According to the report by "Le Point", it was a "relationship between adults by mutual consent" - that is, not a violation of criminal law, but only against the canonical law of celibacy.
Aupetit has been Archbishop of Paris since 2017 and is therefore a high-ranking representative of the Catholic Church in France.
He first studied medicine and worked as a doctor before finding his way to church.
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